Message from the Chief Executive
As has been reported today, on Sunday 14 June, a Monash Health employee tested positive for COVID-19. This case is linked to a patient of Monash Health who also tested positive. Our employee is now in isolation at home. Although they are showing only very mild symptoms, we remain in close contact and continue to provide support.
Our Infection Prevention team has contacted all employees and patients who were in contact with our employee and, as per Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) exposure criteria, they will be tested and self-isolate. This has been done in close liaison with the DHHS. As a precautionary measure, any areas within Monash Health at risk of droplet contamination through any contact have undergone further cleaning.
COVID-19 has not gone away, so we cannot lose momentum when protecting ourselves and others; please complete your Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) refresher training both online on LATTE and face-to-face, if you have not already done so; details can be found here. Also, our COVID-19 procedure can be found on PROMPT; read details here.
Although restrictions are easing, COVID-19 is still active, and we want you to be safe. Any transmission to our employees is a concern for us all and again reminds us that we must all be vigilant. Anyone who feels unwell, or is displaying any COVID-19 symptoms must not attend work and should be tested.
As always, should you have any concerns, please talk with your manager or call the Monash Health Employee Hotline on (03) 9594 5815, 7am to 4pm, seven days a week. And if you are at all concerned for your wellbeing, please consult our employee health and wellbeing resources.With recent events in mind, I want to reinforce that at Monash Health, the safety of our employees, patients, and community is always paramount. We are determined to create inclusive, culturally sensitive spaces, and provide care that encompasses the physical, emotional, and cultural safety needs of those we serve.
This means confronting systematic, conscious and unconscious bias in all that we do and calling out racism and intolerance of any kind. We acknowledge the unique cultural and healthcare needs of our Aboriginal community and the challenges they face. We recognise the importance of assisting Aboriginal people in feeling welcome and culturally safe, and have developed programs and processes to support this, with the understanding that there is much more work to be done.
We are committed to working in partnership with our Aboriginal Community to drive parity in Australian health standards and outcomes. To this end, Monash Health participates in the Regional Aboriginal Justice Agreement Committee (RAJAC) in the southern Melbourne area, but we must all play our part in our daily work.
To understand how to welcome and provide the best care to our Aboriginal Community, I ask that you complete the mandatory Aboriginal Cultural Awareness modules on LATTE before 1 July 2020.
Thank you for your continued commitment to providing a safe, inclusive, compassionate and kind environment for all.
Celebrating Refugee Week
This week is Refugee Week across Australia, a week to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and to celebrate the valuable contribution refugees make to our community.
Here at Monash Health, we have a long-standing commitment to improving the health of asylum seekers and refugees. Read more here.
Update to the EMR COVID-19 alert
The EMR COVID-19 alert has been updated. The EMR COVID-19 alert provides visibility and safety to you and your patients by accurately displaying a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 status. Therefore, the alert must be accurate. Please read the full update to the EMR COVID-19 alert.
New drive-through Screening Clinic in Dandenong
To provide greater flexibility and increase testing rates in the City of Greater Dandenong, Monash Health has opened a new drive-through clinic today. The clinic is located at the Carroll Lane car park (off Cheltenham Road, behind Dandenong train station) and is open seven days a week from 9am to midday and 1pm to 4pm. Read more here.
Book in a ‘Give Me Five’ conversation
Give Me Five conversations support regular, meaningful discussions between you and your manager about your contributions at work and your future aspirations. These conversations are a chance for you to be empowered, engaged, and involved in decisions about your role and future goals and objectives. Learn more here.
ED Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Response team to commence at MMC
We are changing the way we care for some of our most vulnerable patients at Monash Medical Centre, as of today. The ED Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Response (Engage) team have added resources to ensure emergency mental health presentations, as well as people affected by drugs or alcohol, receive specialised care. Read more here.
A reminder on pharmaceutical and other industry visitors
A reminder that pharmaceutical and medical industry visitors are not authorised to visit any Monash Health site at the moment. We continue to take every step to reduce risks for patients, employees, and our limited number of authorised visitors. Essential visits for critical training or educational purposes requires sign-off of the Chief Medical Officer.
This restriction will be reviewed regularly, and we will provide an update at a later date.
Nominate the STARs in your team
Recognise your colleagues by nominating them for a STAR Award before 30 June 2020. Read more here.
Safer Care Victoria webinar on health and wellbeing for healthcare workers
The disruption and changes caused by COVID-19 have had a significant effect on the health and wellbeing of many Victorian healthcare workers. Watch the webinar produced by Safer Care Victoria here.
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.
Vaccination or declaration is mandatory
The annual influenza vaccination or declaration by all Monash Health employees is mandatory. The vaccination is the most effective way to prevent infection and, so far, more than 85% of employees have done so. Read more here, including Q & A from a recent Employee Forum.
Achieving 100% PPE training in 2020
We are getting closer to achieving our goal of 100% of patient-facing employees completing their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) training by 1 July. Face-to-face training sessions are being held daily at 2pm at Clayton, Dandenong, Casey, Kingston and Moorabbin. 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.