Chief Executive COVID-19 Update: 12 October

Message from the Chief Executive

As of today, we have:

  • 6 COVID-19 positive inpatients
  • 2 employees with COVID-19
  • 2 employees in precautionary quarantine

Christmas/New Year Service Modification Plan
As in previous years, we will change our planned clinical activity during the Christmas and New Year period in line with anticipated demand. This year’s operational plan is particularly important as we resume our clinical activity levels and also ensure employees are able to take a well-deserved break, where possible, as we prepare for the 2021 year ahead.

There will be a change in planned clinical activities from Monday 14 December. There will be no impact on our emergency, category one planned surgery or critical services, which will continue as usual.

A special thank you to everyone who is working or on-call over the upcoming holiday period. Your contribution is very much appreciated and vital for our patients. To all our colleagues who can use this opportunity to take a break, I encourage you to book it in now and enjoy a well-earned rest.

Refer to the Christmas / New Year Service Modification Plan here to see what this means for your site or clinical area.

Negative swabs required before return to RACFs

Effective immediately, a negative COVID-19 swab is required before the transfer of a multiday stay patient to a residential aged care facility. The ‘discharge swab’ is to be taken no longer than 72 hours before discharge.

You can read more about the discharge swab and aged care recipient admission and transfer protocols on the DHHS factsheet here.

Thank you, as always, for your care and commitment.

Andrew Stripp
Chief Executive

Key messages

Service Modification Operational Plan December 2020 / January 2021 (Christmas and New Year)
There will be a change in planned clinical activities across four weeks from Monday 14 December. What you need to do:

  • Review the Operational Plan for your site and clinical area here.
  • Talk with your manager and book leave, if possible. This is an excellent opportunity for you to pause and recharge for 2021, particularly for those individuals who have not taken leave during the year.

Learn more here.

Does your patient have Advance Care Planning documentation?
It doesn’t matter if a patient is in acute, sub-acute, outpatients, community or residential care – at any point of care, employees need to be looking to see if they have any Advance Care Planning (ACP) documentation. These may include the following: Advance Care Directive, Appointment of Medical Treatment Decision Maker, or Appointment of Support Person.

Key actions:

  • Ask the patient or a family member if they have any ACP documents.
  • Take a copy of the document/s and send to ACP Service for lodging on SMR and creation of an alert.
  • Check ACP alerts in the EMR.
  • Check SMR (legal tab) for a copy of document/s.

Learn more here.

Comic duo reminds us to be kind to ourselves
More than 650 people logged into last Thursday’s World Mental Health day employee forum, featuring comedians Claire Hooper and Dilruk Jayasinha, reminding us to be kind to ourselves and of the value of humour and gratitude when navigating difficult times. Watch the event on our past events page on the Coronavirus website or read about it here.

Look after your mental health – make a promise to yourself
For Mental Health Month and World Mental Health Day, one of the key things Mental Health Australia is doing is asking us to consider making a promise to ourselves about how we will look after our wellbeing.

You can visit the pledge wall and make your own public promise if you like, or maybe consider doing it with your closest friend, a family member or by yourself. Read more here.

Perioperative Nurses Week
This week we are celebrating Perioperative Nurses Week. Perioperative nurses play the vital role of caring for patients before, during and after surgery. We are so grateful for the hard work our perioperative nurses do and the unique role they play in our hospitals. Read more here.

Allied Health Day 2020
Monash Health is excited to be celebrating Allied Health Day on Wednesday 14 October 2020. Acclaimed speaker and author Emma Gee headlines the event, offering her thoughts and solutions on person-centred care and resilience.

The event will also feature a presentation of annual STAR awards, helping celebrate and bring together the allied health community. For event details or to learn more, click here.

Respecting Privacy
Monash Health employee records, including health records, must only be accessed when required as part of your job. We treat privacy seriously and have systems in place to monitor and control access to employee information. Please only access records in line with your duties. Read our Employee Privacy Procedure for more details.

STAR Awards – one week left to nominate
You have until midnight on Friday 16 October to nominate your colleagues who have done some extraordinary work throughout the latest quarter.

From delivering outstanding work from a remote working environment to dealing with the stress and pressure of frontline COVID-19 care to ensure excellent care, there are so many stories to tell. And we want to hear about them. Learn 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 Tuesday 13 October
Stay up to date with events on our COVID-19 website for Monash Health employees.

Read more.

Manager Briefing, 2pm Wednesday 14 October
Join us for the fortnightly Manager Briefing, hosted by Karen Lowe, Executive Director, People and Culture.

Read more.

Employee Forum, 2pm Thursday 15 October
Stay up to date with events on our COVID-19 website for Monash Health employees.

Read 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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