Chief Executive COVID-19 Update: 31 March

As COVID-19 case numbers increase, we each need to continue to prepare for the expected surge in demand for our services.  It is essential that we use this time wisely.

This means understanding how and when to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). If you have questions or are unsure – now is the time to ask.

Training and new online resources are available to you (details below). Please take the time to make sure you understand how to protect yourself, our patients, your colleagues and our community.

There are three other important items for today:

Shift handovers
Our shift handovers and start of the day will now have set COVID-19 key messages to ensure we are ready to support each other at the beginning of every shift. The guided notes are ready for all Managers now.

Flu vaccination
Vaccinations are available at Dandenong Hospital, Monash Medical Centre, Casey Hospital, Moorabbin, Thomas Street, Kingston, Cranbourne and Pakenham. The schedule is available here and on the intranet.

Your wellbeing
We want to ensure your wellbeing at all times and will continue to support you through services and resources which can be accessed online through Monash Care and the Employee Assistance Program (1300 687 327). There is also a new service for Monash Health employees; the Call a Psychologist service which will be delivered by Monash Health Psychologists.

Thank you for the care and compassion you show our patients and each other and for your continued commitment to the wellbeing of our communities.

Andrew Stripp
Chief Executive

 

Key Messages

Protect yourself; get your free flu shot
This year’s influenza season is forecast to coincide with the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. Being vaccinated against the flu will significantly help our community during this time. Make a plan to get vaccinated.  This is not urgent but important to do in the next few weeks.

Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) properly
Ensure you know how to keep yourself, your patients and colleagues safe without unnecessary wastage of PPE. Make sure you attend training and work from the credible advice. Access the latest information on the COVID-19 website.

Start of shift huddle changes
COVID-19 management and safety procedures should be a standing item for your start of shift huddles. A key messages template is now available for Nurses/Midwives In-Charge. Download the template here.

Are you in an area where we have reduced service? Or do you need team members?
To co-ordinate the workforce supply demands associated with COVID-19, we are establishing a Workforce Mobilisation Team. The team includes existing Monash Bureau, Talent Acquisition and Monash Doctors Workforce functions, supplemented with discipline-based subject matter experts (SME), and other support services. The team will work with the SME discipline leads to redeploy employees where they are most needed. Read more here.

Calling for clinical skills
Nurses, Midwives, Allied Health practitioners and health professionals who are clinically trained but not currently working in a clinical role can register their interest to support workforce planning for COVID-19. Complete the survey, contact the People and Culture Advice Line on 9265 2724 with queries, or click here for further information.

Health and wellbeing support and services for Monash Health employees. A new service is available to Monash Health employees delivered by Monash Health psychologists. ‘Call a Psychologist’ has been set up specifically to assist you. You can access the service via 0418 905 414. Further information about the service and other health and wellbeing support and resources can be found on the employee COVID-19 website ‘news’ page.

Further visitor restrictions took effect from 7pm Sunday 29 March. Ensure you know the latest restrictions in your area; find out more and replace outdated posters with the ones supplied on the COVID-19 website ‘resources’ page.

WARNING: Cybersecurity ‘Scams’ and ‘Phishing’ on the rise. Scammers are taking advantage of the urgency of COVID-19. Please be vigilant and do not click on links requesting your login or personal details. If you receive suspicious emails, block or delete them immediately. If you inadvertently click on a link, contact the IT Service Desk 9594 7255 (Option 1) urgently. Further advice can be found on the employee COVID-19 website ‘news’ page.

Employee break areas are available for when you want to take some time out. Many communal lunch areas are now closed or have chairs and tables removed, to support physical distancing guidelines. While across our sites, cafes are now offering take away only, there are still spaces available to sit and eat lunch or take a break. Details of available spaces can be found herePlease remember that 1.5m physical distancing must always be taken into consideration, whether indoors or outdoors.

Car parking reimbursements for employees working from home. For those working from home who have prepaid for parking, you can organise reimbursements after you return to normal working arrangements. Go to the COVID-19 employee website ‘news’ page for further information.

Public access has been restricted to a single entrance at all our sites with screening of visitors now taking place. Employees and contractors will not be screened, and you can still gain access using your swipe card. For the safety of all, direct visitors to the main entrance. Find out more here.

Work to the most current and accurate advice. ​

Download the employee coronavirus.monashhealth.org site to your smartphone to ensure you stay up-to-date with this rapidly changing situation. Instructions to do so can be found here.

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All managers are requested to share these updates with their teams and discuss at stand-ups and handovers. 

As advice and information evolve, please consult the latest updates and visit the Department of Health and Human Services and Monash Health COVID-19 website for employees regularly for the latest.

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