Chief Executive COVID-19 Update: 12 May

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Message from the Chief Executive

Message from the Chief Executive

Today is International Nurses Day, a day where we celebrate the incredible contribution of our 7,500 nurses and the critical role they play in keeping our community safe and healthy. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging time and our nurses have responded, as they always do, with dedication and kindness.​ Thank you.

Yesterday we heard from our Premier, Dan Andrews, and our Chief Health Officer, Brett Sutton, about the gradual easing of restrictions in Victoria.

These are small but important changes, designed to help people’s emotional and mental wellbeing and deliver a stimulus to the economy while keeping us safe.

The new arrangements will come into effect at 11.59pm this evening, Tuesday 12 May 2020.

Under the changes, there will now be five reasons to leave your home:

  • shopping for food and supplies that you need
  • care and caregiving
  • exercise and outdoor recreation
  • work and education – if you can’t do it from home
  • visiting friends and family – if you really need to

You can read more about the changes on the DHHS website.

At Monash Health, we haven’t had a COVID-19 positive patient admitted for a couple of weeks but, as restrictions ease, I expect to see numbers rise. The virus hasn’t gone away, though we have done exceptionally well as a community in flattening the curve and giving ourselves time to prepare.

In preparing, we have made significant changes to the way that we deliver care. At last week’s employee forums, we heard examples from Surgery, Specialist Clinics and Maternity about how they have not only made the changes required but have also taken the opportunity to consider how we work better.

We will now consolidate this good work that we have done and build upon it, using our infrastructure to support models of care that are suited to our current environment, delivering acute and complex care services onsite, while continuing to provide high-quality care in the community.

Thank you as always for your hard work and commitment.

Andrew Stripp
Chief Executive​

Key Messages

Celebrating International Nurses Day

Today is International Nurses Day, a day to celebrate the contribution of nurses around the world, including our 7,500 nurses at Monash Health. Read more here.

EMR update – preparing for system upgrade

We are continuously improving the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) to provide system enhancements and improve your user experience.  As part of this work we are currently preparing for a system upgrade.

It is important to be aware that while we are testing, we will be stabilising the EMR environment from
7 May to 26 June 2020.  During this period we will only progress urgent changes with Health Incident Command Team (HICT) approval.  More information about the upgrade, and the benefits to you, will be provided shortly.

For more information about the EMR, visit

Reminder: use designated entry points for each service

We continue to minimise undetected illness spreading within the hospital setting by checking employees arriving in inpatient and clinical areas for elevated temperature. Please ensure you are entering the service through the correct entry point. Information can be found here.

Employee screening clinics now closed

The response to our employee screening clinics has been impressive, with 5,017 employees screened between 30 April and 10 May 2020.  Thank you to everyone who took part.

We have also had 5,681 people screened at our public clinics in the same period. There has been a recent reduction in demand and, in response, our employee clinics at Monash Medical Centre, Dandenong Hospital, Casey Hospital, Kingston Centre and our Springvale Community site are now closed.  Employees can still get tested at our public sites. Click here for more information.

Employee Spotlight: Penny Woodward, Nurse Manager, Intensive Care Unit, Casey Hospital

The completion of the Casey Hospital Expansion Project is a major milestone for the entire organisation. With construction complete, we are recognising and celebrating the ways many teams from across Monash Health prepared, consulted, planned, and adapted to the major changes. Read Penny Woodward, ICU Nurse Manager’s story here.

Hitting the high notes with music therapy

Our Music Therapy Team is spreading their compassionate care and kindness to colleagues at Monash Health. They recently expanded their repertoire to help our teams through these challenging times, using the power of connection through music. Find out how here.

Remember to take care of yourself

Please continue to prioritise your health and wellbeing. There are a range of resources available to you on the Monash Health employee website specifically tailored to our teams.

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.

All managers are requested to share these updates with their teams and discuss at stand-ups and handovers. Please print a copy and display it in communication books and on employee noticeboards.

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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