Chief Executive COVID-19 Update: 10 June

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

Message from the Chief Executive

These past few months have seen an extraordinary volume of change as our teams pull together to protect our healthcare system and keep our community safe. Words such as ‘unprecedented’ and ‘new normal’ have made their way into our collective vocabularies as we adjust the way we work across every department to ensure we continue to provide safe, high-quality care.

This work continues, and we are all aware COVID-19 has not gone away. However, I felt it important to pause at this time to acknowledge and thank you for the role you have had in pursuing excellence in healthcare, even during such challenging times. We couldn’t have made it this far without your compassion and commitment to our patients, each other, and our community.

Please take a moment to enjoy the ‘Our time to shine’ video and reflect on our collective achievements so far.

One of the many examples where our teams have delivered world-class work is the establishment of the Resuscitation Bays at Monash Medical Centre. These state-of-the-art facilities opened this morning and will provide additional support for our patients and teams when and where they are needed most. My congratulations to all involved.

Thank you again for your skill, commitment, and dedication. I look forward to continuing our work towards positive health outcomes for our community well into the future.

Andrew Stripp
Chief Executive

Key messages

‘Our time to shine’ – acknowledging your work during COVID-19
Take a moment to acknowledge the vital role you have all played in maintaining excellent patient care during these challenging times. Watch the ‘Our time to shine’ video here.

Wellbeing Thursdays and Pandemic Kindness
From this week, our Thursday employee Webex sessions at 2pm will focus on your health and wellbeing. This week’s session is about safety, both physical and psychological. It will feature Head of Psychology, Adjunct Professor Melissa Casey, and Associate Professor Rhonda Stuart, Medical Director of Infection Prevention. Read more here.

EMR Super Users back in the limelight…and the lime green
The familiar lime green polos of our Electronic Medical Record (EMR) have made a comeback. Monash Health Bureau and ShiftMatch have assisted the EMR program team in pulling together Nursing and Midwifery Super Users for a special project. This important initiative will help to embed essential EMR workflows and ensure continued best practise use of the EMR, which is vital for high-quality, safe patient care. Read more here.

Be accreditation ready by 1 July – remember the checklist
Accreditation checklists have been specifically designed to help you get accreditation ready by 1 July. With a focus on supporting you to deliver safe, timely, effective, and person-centred care, the checklists are available here.

Progress in upgrades to Dandenong Hospital Diagnostic Imaging
Dandenong Hospital’s imaging service upgrades are progressing well, with the project scheduled to be complete later this year. Project works have continued throughout the COVID-19 response, and the team is on track to deliver a new CT room with a control and reporting room, including office administration support. Read more here.

Achieving 100% PPE training in 2020
We are nearing our 2020 goal of achieving 100% Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) training by 1 July. To date, 89% of all patient-facing employees have completed their online LATTE training, and 85% have completed their face-to-face training, with these sessions held daily at 2pm at Clayton, Dandenong, Casey, Kingston, and Moorabbin. Read more here.

100% vaccination or declaration is mandatory
Influenza is a significant cause of illness in the Australian community and, in some cases, can result in death. In 2019 alone, we had over 900 deaths in Australia due to influenza. The annual influenza vaccination is the most effective way to prevent infection, and 100% vaccination or declaration by all Monash Health employees is mandatory. Read more here, including Q & A from last week’s Employee Forum.

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.

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

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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