Chief Executive COVID-19 Update: 7 October

Message from the Chief Executive

As of today, we have:

  • One COVID-19 positive inpatient
  • Three employees with COVID-19
  • 24 employees in precautionary quarantine

Victoria is seeing a downward trend in new daily cases of COVID-19 and a corresponding reduction in active cases in the community. As a result, we have seen fewer COVID-19 positive tests returned in our health service, and a reduction in COVID-19 admissions to our hospitals.

While we continue to observe a high number of suspected COVID-19 patients admitted through our Admission wards, only one per cent of suspected COVID-19 patients have returned a positive result. In response to this decline in actual COVID-19 cases, planning is now underway to update aspects of our Model of Care.

In the coming weeks, we will refine our Model of Care to ensure our workforce is best placed to meet demand requirements, without compromising safety, operational process or patient outcomes. As always, maintaining the safety of our employees, patients, and community will remain at the core of every decision.

Plans are being developed in consultation with our clinical leaders (Nurse Managers and Unit Heads) and the Infection Prevention team within each ward to define patient accommodation, workforce configuration/requirements, equipment needs and PPE coach/advisor and concierge resourcing.

Thank you, as always, for your work and dedication.

Andrew Stripp

Chief Executive

Key Messages 

Main entry works at Monash Medical Centre 

Roadworks on Clayton Road at the main entry to Monash Medical Centre commenced yesterday (Tuesday 6 October). For approximately five weeks there will be lane closures and changes to pedestrian footpaths. Signs will be posted during Clayton Road works to ensure traffic flow, but some short delays are expected.

Drivers who use the main entry of Monash Medical Centre should allow for a short delay when entering or exiting the site via Clayton Road. Read more on the Emergency Department redevelopment here.

 Join us for World Mental Health Day

This Thursday (8 October), we will be running a special edition of our employee forum for World Mental Health Day. We will be joined by comedians Claire Hooper and Dilruk Jayasinha, who will be discussing their experiences over the last few months, and Monash Health Clinical Psychologist Dr David Moseley. We hope you can join us and take a moment to reflect on our mental health and wellbeing. Learn more here.

 New community appeal aims to keep premmie families together

Monash Health has the largest neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Victoria, caring for the littlest and most unwell newborn babies. The Monash Health Foundation’s new community appeal is raising funds to help purchase special cot cameras, which will enable parents to view their baby from wherever they are situated. Learn more here.

Exercise and eating – adjusting to ‘the new norm’ 

COVID-19 has changed the way we engage in day-to-day activities. We may be spending more time at home or at work, and seeing changes in our daily schedules. These changes can impact the way we move and what we eat.

At a recent employee forum, we heard from Monash Health’s Sally Leonard, Exercise Physiologist, and Mary Anne Silvers, Head of Nutrition and Dietetics. They spoke about two important aspects of our health: exercise and eating. Learn more here.

‘Smiling Scrubs’ – Community’s COVID Couture 

One of the things that attracted Dr Larissa Wale to her work with Monash Health Community’s Refugee Health and Wellbeing team was the diversity of the employees and patients. As the COVID-19 situation evolved, she noticed the team changing from being a colourful group with chats and smiles in the corridors, to surgical masks and monochrome scrubs.

“Our gorgeous, eclectic group had turned as grey as the Melbourne sky, and the gloom felt like it was moving indoors,” said Dr Wale. As her gift to the team, Dr Wale created ‘Smiling Scrubs’ – a unique COVID couture line of colourful scrub tops! Read more here.

This week is Malnutrition Week

Malnutrition is often thought of as something that only affects the elderly, but it can come in many shapes and sizes, sometimes affecting the most unlikely of people. A patient may look well, but if their clothes have been getting looser, or they are eating less than usual, their dentures have become loose, they have experienced unintentional weight loss, or reduced appetite, it’s important to investigate the malnutrition risk further. Read more here.

Mental Health Week art competition – voting now open!  

We have had a great response to this year’s art competition despite COVID-19, with some fantastic entries. Thank you to everyone who entered the competition.

Voting is now open and closes on Sunday 11 October, during Mental Health Week. Be sure to cast your vote!  Read more here.

Continue to take advantage of wellbeing resources

Take advantage of the health and wellbeing resources we have available for you, including the Call a Psychologist service and the employee assistance program. Don’t forget the basics of your physical health and remember we have links to resources online for you and your teams, including a helpful guide to stretching at your desk, wherever that desk might be.

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.

 Upcoming events  

Employee Forum, 2pm Thursday 8 October

World Mental Health Day

Claire Hooper and Dilruk Jayasinha, comedians

Dr David Moseley, Monash Health Clinical Psychologist

Read more


Stay up to date with events on our COVID-19 website for Monash Health employees:

Watch previous recordings of Employee Forums and Manager Briefings

See all upcoming events

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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