Chief Executive COVID-19 Update: 4 September

Message from the Chief Executive

As of today, we have:


  • 19 COVID-19 positive inpatients, including two in ICU.
  • 16 employees with COVID-19. They are in isolation at home and doing well.
  • 51 employees in precautionary quarantine.


The Victorian Government’s plans for after the current ‘state of disaster’ expires on 13 September, is expected to be announced on Sunday. The Chief Health Officer has made it clear that safety will be central to the pathway forward.


A critical safety initiative that is currently underway is the Employee Workplace Declaration – a Directive from the Public Health Commander to ensure we have a clear understanding of any paid, unpaid or voluntary work you do for other organisations. This understanding is important, as it will help support the timely and effective management of outbreaks between workplaces should they occur.


If you have not yet completed the workplace declaration form, please do so now.


If you manage a team, please log in to the Business Intelligence Portal and check the status of your team members. This data is updated twice weekly.


Thank you once again for all that you provide to Monash Health and our community.


Andrew Stripp

Chief Executive


Key Messages


Complete your workplace declaration today
It is a DHHS requirement that all employees must complete the Employee Workplace Declaration form. It’s vital that we have a clear understanding of any paid, unpaid or voluntary work you do for any other organisation, to help keep our consumers and employees safe. Please take five minutes to complete the form today.


Managers: Check your team’s workplace declaration completion rate
Please check your team’s declaration completion rate, and follow up with any of your team who have not yet completed their workplace declaration. You can check your team’s progress in the Business Intelligence Portal.


Students: Complete your student workplace declaration today
In line with the Directive from the Public Health Commander, all students who are completing placements with Monash Health must complete the Student Workplace Declaration form.  Please take five minutes to complete the form today. If you require more information about this form, please contact your student co-ordinator.


Changes to COVID-19 testing criteria

Patients who meet the following clinical criteria should be tested:


Fever OR chills in the absence of an alternative diagnosis that explains the clinical presentation,


Acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell or loss of taste)*​


Additional testing note:

People who are at higher risk of infection due to their environmental exposure or at increased risk of severe illness should also be tested, if they have new onset of other clinical symptoms associated with COVID-19 (e.g. headache, myalgia, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea) AND meet any of the following epidemiological criteria:

  • Close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • Returned overseas travel in the past 14 days
  • Healthcare or aged care workers.
  • Residents of an aged care facility
  • Older people* in the community​ presenting with atypical symptoms

*Older people may present with other atypical symptoms including functional decline, delirium, exacerbation of underlying chronic condition, falls, loss of appetite, malaise, nausea, diarrhea and myalgia.


Allocation of additional shared workspaces 

We want to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our employees and appreciate the importance of access to workspaces while working on-site. In order to continue to facilitate appropriate safety protocols, we are creating and allocating additional shared workspaces across Monash Health.


These are now available at Clayton, Dandenong and Casey and, in the coming weeks, workspaces will also be made available at Kingston and Moorabbin. Learn more here about the flexible workspaces and room capacity of additional spaces at Clayton, Dandenong and Casey.


Used a device? Keep it nice! 

To keep each other safe, it is critical we adhere to correct cleaning procedures for the electronic devices we use. A helpful factsheet for cleaning your electronic devices has been created to show you how and when they should be cleaned before and after use.


It includes devices used for documenting patient information, such as WOWs, laptops and tablets; items in each patient’s room like the TV/Nurse Call remote; personal and shared devices such as pagers and phones; and office and hot desk devices such as computers and desk phones.



Templates for daily and weekly cleaning schedules for Workstations on Wheels (WOWs) have also been created so that you can regularly record your WOW cleaning.



For more information, please refer to the Clinical Equipment Cleaning Procedure on PROMPT.


If you have been furloughed

Employees who have been furloughed from another health service must not work at Monash Health during their furlough, and must notify Monash Health’s Infection Prevention team on 9594 2623.


More information for furloughed employees here.


Return of Practical Basic and Advanced Life Support Training

Reinstatement of the practical component of basic and advanced life support training has been approved for all sites. Employees need to contact their local educator or assessor and arrange a practical session to fulfil their mandatory training requirements. Practical sessions have been updated to include physical distancing and hygiene processes, as per Infection Prevention.


Mandatory face-covering resources now available  

There may be some instances where, unfortunately, our patients and visitors may not comply with their legal requirement to wear a face-covering while on site. This is why we have made updates to the resources page of the employee COVID-19 website to now include: A3 poster for entry points and a script for employees.   Read more here.


Cyber Security Update: Preventing malicious software and applications 

As part of our ongoing work to improve and enhance cybersecurity, we have rolled out a new service to prevent malicious software and applications from running on Monash Health computers. The service works by checking that any software/application being installed on a Monash Health computer is registered on our certified software list.  Learn more here.


National Stroke Week 2020 – how COVID-19 is impacting stroke care 

This week is National Stroke Week and serves as a timely reminder to brush up on our knowledge about how to detect early signs of a stroke.


FAST is an easy way to remember and identify the most common signs of a stroke. The FAST Test involves asking the following questions:


  • Face – Check their face. Has their mouth drooped?
  • Arms – Can they lift both arms?
  • Speech – Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?
  • Time – Is critical. If you see these signs call 000 straight away.


Learn more here about the excellent work done by Monash Health’s Stroke Unit.


Dry July grant supports patient lounge makeover  

The Ward 44 team at Monash Medical Centre was thrilled to open its newly-renovated patient and relative room – thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Dry July Foundation.


In July last year, 12 team members participated in the Dry July challenge to raise money for haematology-related cancer patients. Following a fantastic fundraising effort, the team was successful in securing a grant from the Dry July Foundation. The funds meant they could create a beautiful space for haematology cancer patients and their families to spend time, improving their stay in hospital and overall wellbeing.

Read more here.


Upcoming events

We continue to run weekly Webex Events to share the latest updates and to provide an opportunity for you to ask questions. Our events next week include:


Employee Forum – Tuesday 8 September, 2pm

  • COVID-19 update – Andrew Stripp, Chief Executive
  • Questions


Medical Grand Round – Wednesday 9 September 2020, 2pm
Clinical Conundrums: “Don’t break my heart”


  • Dr Andrew Gorman – Case presentation – Medicine, Registrar Advanced Trainee
  • Dr Adam Facey – Haematology, Registrar
  • Dr Danielle Oh – Haematology laboratory, Physician
  • Dr Sean Tan – Cardiology, Registrar
  • Dr Laura Eades – Rheumatology, Registrar
  • Dr Samar Ojaimi – ID and Immunology, Pathologist
  • Sarah McPhee – Pharmacist
  • Dr Ajay Raghunath – Medicine, Registrar BPT3


Employee Forum: R U OK? Day, Thursday 10 September, 2pm


  • Dr Sarah Barker, Black Dog Institute Clinical Psychologist
  • Andrew Jones, Converge International
  • Dr David Moseley, Monash Health
  • Panel discussion and questions

Visit the events section on the COVID-19 website to learn more.

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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