Chief Executive COVID-19 Update: 20 April

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Message from the Chief Executive 

Monash Health is currently treating three COVID-19 positive patients, two at Monash Medical Centre, and one at Dandenong Hospital ICU. Our screening clinics have tested 8,644 people to date.

As many of you will have heard, there has been a downturn in case numbers in Victoria, which is a pleasing result. What remains evident in the messages from both the state and the federal governments is that we cannot become complacent and need to maintain our current course.

Your dedication to preparing Monash Health during this pandemic is appreciated, as is your commitment to maintaining excellent care to all our patients throughout this time. I thank you for rising to the challenges and would like to highlight the following priorities:

Return your scrubs for laundry service

Washable scrubs are a part of keeping our employees and patients safe in high-risk areas, and they must be returned at the end of every shift.

Options for balancing work and school arrangements

We recognise that many of our employees at Monash Health have school-aged children, and changes to school operations will have an impact. Please read the information below carefully so that you understand your leave entitlements during this time.

Family violence clinical education now online

Isolation within our community is creating additional risk for those experiencing family violence. The Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence team has adapted training to be available online via Webex.

Lukas’ dedication to Monash Health

Eight-year-old Lukas has a special message for all Monash Health employees.


Andrew Stripp
Chief Executive​

Key Messages

Options to balance work and Term 2 school arrangements

Find out more about your options to balance work and school arrangements, including your leave entitlements and a link to ‘learning from home support’ from the Department of Education and Training. Further details can be found here.

Return your scrubs

Washable scrubs are supplied for use in high-risk areas to add another layer of safety, above and beyond PPE requirements. It is crucial they are not stored for personal use and are returned at the end of every shift.

Support your colleagues; ensure that:

  • all employees working in high-risk areas have access to scrubs and in the right size range
  • they are handled safely after use and laundered promptly and properly
  • as part of the standard procedure, they are not taken out of the hospital setting and into the community.

Find out more here.

Book your family violence clinical education online

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic our training is adjusting to facilitate physical distancing measures. Family violence training is now available online via Webex. Demand for the training has been high, with internal and external feedback that isolation is posing additional risks. Book into a session on Latte today.

Lukas’ dedication to Monash lights up billboards around Australia

When eight-year-old Lukas decided to do some drawing to fill in time during the school holidays, little did he know his dedication to Monash Health employees would land his artwork on billboards around Australia! There was one special employee at Monash Health Lukas wanted to thank in particular. Find out more here.

New medical databases available for a limited time

Two new medical databases are temporarily available to Monash Health employees to assist with clinical care and education during COVID-19. DynaMed Plus and Nursing Reference Centre are now available from the Library website. Find out more here.

Monash Children’s Hospital turns three

Challenging times couldn’t stop us celebrating this three-year old’s birthday. Channel Nine News was there to help mark the happy milestone. Find out more here.

Looking after yourself

As the changes in our home and work lives become our ‘new normal’, it is vital you prioritise your health and wellbeing. A range of resources is available to you here.

Ensure you are working to the most up-to-date advice

The information about COVID-19 is changing rapidly. Ensure you are working to the most up-to-date advice by referring to the Monash Health Employee Coronavirus website. To make accessing the site quicker, you can create a shortcut on your smartphone by following these instructions.

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