Chief Executive COVID-19 Update: 26 May

Message from the Chief Executive

On Sunday, the Premier announced a further easing of restrictions throughout the state from 11.59pm on Sunday 31 May. These will affect social events and ceremonies, fitness, sport and recreation, personal services, cafes and restaurants, travel and leisure, culture and entertainment.

In welcome news for many, as of today, schools will gradually resume classroom learning. For detailed information, please visit the Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 website.

National Sorry Day
Today is National Sorry Day, a day for us to recognise members of the stolen generations. On behalf of Monash Health, I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge that Aboriginal people are our nation’s first people and reflect on the grief, suffering and injustice experienced by the stolen generations.

Today we reaffirm our commitment to providing a supportive, respectful and welcoming environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

Reconciliation Week
We will celebrate Reconciliation Week from 27 May. This year’s theme is ‘In This Together’, and it is not only relevant to reconciliation but also our response to COVID-19. I encourage you to attend some of Reconciliation Australia’s online events this week and to complete the new, mandatory Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Awareness eLearning Package on LATTE.

Palliative Care Week
This week we also celebrate Palliative Care Week, which raises awareness of the critical role Palliative Care plays for those with life-limiting illnesses. I’d like to acknowledge and thank our dedicated Palliative Care teams, who support our patients to live as well as possible as they near the end of their lives and provide crucial support to their family members.

Exercise Right Week
We also turn our attention to ‘Exercise Right Week’, a wellbeing initiative encouraging us all to remain physically active that is particularly relevant at the moment. We invite you to participate in a free virtual exercise session at 12.30pm today. More information is available here.

As always, thank you for your ongoing commitment and hard work.

Andrew Stripp

Chief Executive


Key Messages

PPE training
All patient-facing employees must complete their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) training. If a team member has arrived for their shift for the first time in a while, then this is the best opportunity to complete the face-to-face training as well as their online (LATTE) training. Read more here.

National Sorry Day Tuesday 26 May

National Sorry Day is a significant Australia-wide observance held on 26 May each year. It is a day that commemorates members of the stolen generations. Stolen generations refer to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who were forcibly removed from their families and communities. Read more here.

National Reconciliation Week

The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2020 is ‘In This Together’ – a concept that is essential in working towards reconciliation and also in the current context of a global pandemic. Read more here. We encourage you to complete the new, mandatory Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Awareness eLearning Package on Latte.

Movement is Medicine
Next week is Exercise Right Week, an awareness campaign led by exercise physiologists. The week is designed to help educate people about the importance of exercise for general health, and the prevention and management of a range of chronic conditions and injuries. Find out more about exercising right here

Palliative Care Week
The theme of Palliative Care Week 2020 is ‘Palliative Care… It’s more than you think!’, which reminds us that palliative care is not just end-of-life care, it is care that helps people live their life to the fullest when living with a life-limiting or terminal illness. Read more here.

Schwartz Rounds recommencing 11 June
We are pleased to announce the recommencement of Schwartz Rounds from 11 June. The virtual rounds will be held via Webex and will take a targeted (unit-based) approach, rather than for all employees. The first one will be for all Intensive Care Unit employees across Monash Health. Further information will available shortly.

Have you taken action against influenza? 

Almost 83% of your colleagues have taken action against influenza, but we need to get to 100%. Now more than ever, it is vital that you do your part to protect yourself, your patients, your colleagues, your family, and our health care system. It’s quick and straightforward; find out what you need to do here.

Remember to take care of yourself
Please continue to prioritise your health and wellbeing. There is a range of resources available to you on the Monash Health employee website that are 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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