Chief Executive COVID-19 Update: 5 June

Download the latest COVID-19 Chief Executive Update for your noticeboards here.

Message from the Chief Executive

I met with the Monash Health Board yesterday and our Board Chair, Dipak Sanghvi, asked me to pass on the Board’s gratitude for your teamwork, dedication to our community and each other, and the continuous provision of high-quality care to those who need it.

You can read Dipak’s full message here.

As we move to a ‘new normal’, I want to ensure you are supported while we embed our COVID-19 preparations alongside our ongoing work.

This is the driver behind a short employee survey, which is now live. The results will help us understand how well the initiatives we have put in place throughout this time are working, whether you are feeling supported and safe, whether our communication has been timely, and where further effort is needed.

Your response will help guide our ongoing pandemic response and the way we support our people through any challenges. Please take five minutes to fill in the survey.

In doing so, you may pause to reflect on the many instances when your colleagues demonstrated excellence over the past few months, and I invite you to nominate a deserving person or team for our STAR Awards before 30 June 2020.

There remains a strong direction from the Chief Health Officer that people who are able to work from home continue to do so.

We are doing all we can to support this approach. Please make sure you are using the resources we have online to support remote access, that your physical work environment is set up correctly, and that you are familiar with our wellbeing support.

For those who come into work, remember that physical distancing is vital in decreasing the transmission of COVID-19.  Entire teams should not meet in one physical location at this time.

The long weekend will present many of you with the opportunity to rest, recharge and reconnect. Enjoy the chance to boost your physical and emotional energy levels, and spend time with family and loved ones. Importantly, please continue to stay safe. That means continuing to maintain physical distance from others, practising good hygiene, avoiding crowds, staying home and getting tested if you’re unwell. To those of you working over the long weekend, thank you.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has also given this advice:

“I know there are a lot of people wanting to attend the Melbourne Black Lives Matter protest in person this weekend and show their support. Unfortunately, now is not the time for thousands of people to come together, putting your and others’ health at risk.

 “We are still in the middle of a pandemic and this protest carries real risks for all Victorians, particularly those in vulnerable groups. The restrictions are there to save lives – I urge everyone to consider other ways to show support.”

Enjoy your weekend, and thank you once again for your skill, commitment and dedication.

Andrew Stripp

Chief Executive

Key messages

Take five minutes and tell us how you’re feeling
Ensuring you feel supported is the driver behind this short employee survey. You are invited to take five minutes to share your thoughts on the effectiveness of initiatives implemented in recent weeks, whether you are feeling supported and safe, whether the communication has been timely, and more. Tell us what you think here.

Physical distancing remains crucial
COVID-19 is mostly spread through close contact and coughing – and that is why physical distancing plays such a vital role in decreasing transmission.

To protect ourselves, our colleagues and our patients, we need to continue to practice physical distancing.  Specifically, please ensure that room limits are observed, and entire teams do not gather in one place. Read more here.

Nominate the STARs in your team
Recognise your colleagues by nominating them for a STAR Award before 30 June 2020. Read more here.

PPE training deadline – 1 July 2020
If you are in a patient-facing role you must complete your PPE training (face-to-face and LATTE) before Wednesday 1 July 2020. Please note there will be no face-to-face training sessions over this long weekend, Friday 5 June to Monday 8 June inclusive. From Tuesday 9 June, face-to-face training sessions will run daily at Clayton, Dandenong, Casey, Kingston and Moorabbin at 2.00pmRead more here.

Is your team fully vaccinated against influenza? Please act today
Help us hit our target of 100% of employees vaccinated or declared by 14 August 2020. Right now, we’ve reached 85.3% as a health service, so we are on the right path, but there’s more to do.

Managers can find out how your team is tracking by logging into the Business Intelligence Portal.

Read more about where to get your vaccination or make a declaration here.

CrazySocks4Docs Day
Thank you to everyone who got involved and shared their crazy socks for today’s CrazySocks4Docs Day. We hope that this day prompted some meaningful conversations about mental health and reminded you how important it is to check in with and look out for one another.

Check out some of the crazy socks fun here.

Don’t forget that at Monash Health we have a range of resources available to support your mental wellbeing, including the Call a Psychologist service for immediate support on 0418 905 414, or you can call the Employee Assistance Program on 1300 687 327.

Family violence training for managers – sessions available
All people managers at Monash Health have the opportunity to take advantage of the online family violence training now available via Webex. Make sure you can recognise the signs and know where to go for help if one of your employees or team members could be experiencing family violence.

Sessions for managers are available during June. Log into LATTE or make contact with the family violence team to find out more.

Remember to take care of yourself
Please continue to prioritise your health and wellbeing. There are 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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