Chief Executive COVID -19 Update: 21 October 2020

Message from the Chief Executive

  • As of today, we have:
    • Four COVID-19 positive inpatients
    • Two employees with COVID-19
    • Two employees in precautionary quarantine

    On Sunday, the Victorian Premier announced the latest easing of restrictions as part of the roadmap to reopening.

    Restrictions easing are a welcome step toward COVID normal as we head towards Summer. Victoria has made remarkable progress through a difficult lockdown, and your work has played a key role in helping us get to where we are today. The feedback that I consistently receive is very positive about your work and the way you’ve handled the pressure of this pandemic.   You can read more about the easing of restrictions here.

    Of course, we all know that we are not done yet by any means.

    The government also announced last week that Monash Health will lead the new South East Public Health Unit. Medical Director Infection Prevention, Associate Professor Rhonda Stuart, and Chief Transformation Officer, Andrew Block, are leading the set-up of this new unit, which will have an initial focus on COVID-19 response.

    This unit will allow us to use our speed, agility and connections within the community, to rapidly contact trace and quarantine, working in conjunction with DHHS, GPs, refugee health, local support agencies and more.

    It’s an exciting opportunity to work even more closely with our community and shape public health services of the future. It is also a ringing endorsement for our organisation and the way we have responded to the pandemic that we will be leading the South East Public Health Unit.

    Thank you for your ongoing hard work and dedication.

    Andrew Stripp

    Chief Executive


    Key Messages

    ‘Beyond the Mask’ videos Episode 2: Nuwan Udakada – Food Service Team

    The second of our video series features Food Service Assistant, Nuwan Udakada. Nuwan describes how he and the team have continued to live and breathe the Monash Health principles and provide excellent patient experiences, even through multiple layers of PPE. Watch the video here.

     Creativity and kindness benefit Casey Dialysis Unit

    Michelle Cleland is a patient at the Casey Dialysis Unit, and her creativity has led to a generous donation back to the unit.  Michelle has special needs and before COVID-19, she worked with her mum, Marie, and her carer to make greeting cards, which were then sold via the Berwick opportunity shop. Michelle was delighted to donate $1,000 from the sales to the Casey Dialysis Unit, which she has been attending for almost three years. Learn more here.

    PJ Your Way: a fun way to raise funds for a serious issue

    The Monash Health Lung and Sleep team are running a week of pyjama-related virtual events to raise funds for important research into sleep health and mental health.

    The week of 2-8 November is ‘PJ Your Way’ – the opportunity to set a personal challenge to be completed in your pyjamas, all in the name of sleep health and mental health. The links between these are well established, but more research needs to be done. Learn more here or read more about ‘PJ Your Way’ at

    New date announced for NAMAS 

    The new date for the 15th Annual Nursing and Midwifery Awards and Scholarships (NAMAS) has been confirmed – Friday 27 November. 2020 is International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, and while a global pandemic has curbed celebrating as planned, the year cannot go by without celebrating the hard work and amazing contributions of our nurses and midwives.  View the 2020 nominees and download the NAMAS event poster. Read more here.

    Let’s all work on our mental fitness
    For mental health month, we’ve been seeking inspiration for how we can each put in place small changes to help with our mental fitness. Hear from 10 employees from across different parts of Monash Health to learn about the strategies they’ve been using to help keep mentally fit. Learn more here.

    World Osteoporosis Day – love your bones! 

    World Osteoporosis Day takes place every year on 20 October, launching a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.  People may not know they have osteoporosis until their bones become so fragile that a sudden strain, bump, or fall causes a hip to break or a vertebra to collapse.

    At Monash Health, our dedicated osteoporosis team has adapted to the challenges COVID-19 has presented, taking measures to protect our patients. All outpatient clinic consultations have transitioned from face-to-face consultations to telehealth consultations. Learn more here, including tips for maintaining your bone health and preventing osteoporosis during COVID-19.

    Thank Your Cleaner Day 2020 

    Thank Your Cleaner Day, 21 October, is a great opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of all our cleaners. This year, the work our cleaners undertake is more important than ever. They have played a vital role in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and keeping the community safe.  Learn more here.

    Let’s Drop the Jargon… for health’s sake! 

    Better understanding comes from no jargon, no acronyms, just clear plain communication. Yesterday (20 October) was Drop the Jargon Day – providing an opportunity to take the pledge to drop the jargon at work.

    Monash Health recognises the importance of clear communication and plain language in improving health literacy. Drop the Jargon Day is an initiative that brings attention to the language we use that is often not understood by our consumers. It is a day for everyone in healthcare to be aware of using plain language. Learn more here.

     Register for LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care training sessions 

    Val’s Ageing and Aged Care is providing a monthly LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care training session for employees working in the Commonwealth Home Support Programme sector or supporting older people in the community. These sessions aim to create and maintain awareness of the experiences and needs of older LGBTI people and to introduce LGBTI-safe and inclusive care to employees and service providers.

    The session is free and runs for three hours with 15 minutes of break time throughout the session. Sessions are running on the following dates:

    Attendance is only required at one session, as they are repeat sessions. For more information, you can contact Pauline Crameri (she/her/hers) from LaTrobe University or visit the Val’s LGBTI Aging and Aged Care website.

    Upcoming events

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

    Medical Grand Round – Specialty Showcase, 12.30pm Wednesday 21 October

    Topic: Rapid cognitive decline in a transplant patient


    • Professor John Kanellis (Head of Transplantation, MMC)
    • Dr Dan Tran (Renal Registrar, MMC)
    • Dr Suyi Ooi (Neurology Registrar, MMC)
    • Dr Marcela Mautone (Senior Radiology Registrar, MMC)
    • Professor Catriona McLean (Head of Anatomical Pathology and Neuropathologist, Alfred Health)
    • Professor Colin Masters (Laureate Professor of Dementia Research – Florey Institute and University of Melbourne)

    Read more

    Employee Forum, 2pm Thursday 22 October

    Read more.

    See all upcoming events

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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