Chief Executive COVID -19 Update: 8 December 2020

Message from the Chief Executive

As of today, we have:

  • No COVID-19 positive inpatients
  • No employees with COVID-19
  • No employees in precautionary quarantine

Changes to mask use in non-patient-facing areas
From 8 December 2020, masks are no longer required in areas of the health service where there is no patient contact – if physical distancing can be maintained.

It is essential that you note:

  • The current rules regarding masks for employees still apply for patient-facing and public areas of the health service. This includes clinical areas, waiting rooms, cafes, and shared corridors.  In other words, if you are in an area where the general public or our patients are, then you must be wearing a mask.
  • Masks are not required in non-patient-facing or non-public areas, such as offices or meeting rooms where you can physically distance.
  • Visitors are still required to wear a face mask while at any Monash Health sites.

Changes to physical distancing and density limit requirements
Following the Premier’s announcement on Sunday that density limits can be increased in some settings, we will review the number of people permitted in various areas of our health service.  Operational teams will work through clinical areas and waiting rooms to determine where these can be safely increased and will update signage and collateral as needed.

Looking after yourself during the festive season
While the festive or holiday season is usually a time for celebration, it can be a difficult time for some.

If you notice that someone you work with or care about is having a hard time during the festive season, please check-in and remind them of the services available at Monash Health.

We are committed to supporting your health and wellbeing with a wide range of resources that you can read about here.

Data tells us that the festive season can be a time of increased family violence. If you or someone in your team requires support, please have a look at the options available here.

Remember, you can also call our free and confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which is available every day over the Christmas and New Year period – 1300 687 327.

Join us for NAMAS
This year is International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, so it is fitting we finish by celebrating and acknowledging the hard work and outstanding achievements at the 2020 Annual Nursing and Midwifery Awards and Scholarships (NAMAS). Join us on Friday 18 December at 1.30pm via Webex.  Details here.

Meet some of your longest-serving colleagues and volunteers
We honoured some of our longest-serving colleagues and volunteers at the Length of Service Awards held over the last two weeks. Read here to learn more about your long-serving colleagues and volunteers, and watch some of their reflections on a career with Monash Health.

Thank you for your care and dedication.

Andrew Stripp
Chief Executive


Key Messages

Respiratory Protection Program (RPP) – fit testing continues

Ward 32 in Clayton is well on the way to complete fit testing for clinical employees, as a key component of the Respiratory Protection Program. Four fit testing rooms have opened at Monash Medical Centre, with additional facilities at other Monash Health sites expected in early 2021.

Test Tracker launched at second COVID-19 testing site
The successful launch of Test Tracker at Casey Fields COVID-19 testing site in late November has been followed by its introduction at our Pakenham testing site, at IYU Recreation Reserve, on 4 December:

Health justice partnership for our maternity services, social work and Women’s Legal Services

The Health Justice Partnership between Women’s Legal Service Victoria and Monash Health has been established to provide holistic support to women who attend Monash Health for antenatal care. Following a very competitive application process, the Social Work Department, in collaboration with the Women’s Legal Service Victoria has successfully secured funding of $338,000. This funding will commence a two-year Health Justice Partnership with the Women’s Legal Service Victoria and will run until June 2022. Find more about the service here.

Online seminar on diverse and inclusive workplaces, featuring Adam Goodes

At Monash Health, we embrace the different attributes, skills, perspectives and experiences people bring to the workplace.

In this spirit, we invite you to attend Work Better, Live Better | Diverse and Inclusive Workplaces – an online seminar featuring Adam Goodes, CEO of Indigenous Defence and Infrastructure Consortium, hosted by Medibank.

The seminar will cover questions such as, what are the effects of diversity and inclusion on an organisation? How does this impact the wellbeing and psychological safety of its people? And how can organisations have a broader social impact?

You can register for the event here.

Your chance to ask questions about disability

Last week, we marked International Day of People with Disability. This week we continue with a discussion about disability in the workplace at our fortnightly Manager Forum.   Members of our Disability Services team will be on hand to answer your questions – submit ahead of time by logging on to Slido and using the code #MHMB2020. Read more here.

STAR Awards nominations now open for Quarter 4

If you know of a colleague or team that you believe has gone above and beyond, head to the STAR portal and nominate them. It’s a great opportunity to highlight the fantastic work of your colleagues.

Practice makes perfect with our EMR Best Practice Program

Our EMR Best Practice Program focuses on supporting existing users of the EMR by providing best practice webinars and resources to help improve the safe and effective use of our EMR. Using the EMR supports the safe, high-quality and timely care of all our patients, and the EMR Best Practice Program supports you in using the EMR to optimise documentation and clinical decision making, to continue delivering outstanding levels of care. Learn more here.

Christmas is time to think of our youngest patients

Monash Health Foundation is seeking donations of presents for patients who will be in Monash Children’s Hospital on Christmas Day – brand new gifts (unwrapped) for children and young people from 0-18 are welcome, as are rolls of wrapping paper.

Presents should be brand new, unwrapped and sorry, no food, toy guns or toy weapons can be accepted. Read more, including guidelines, here.

Christmas decorations

For ward and unit decorations, please remember anything that can be touched poses an infection risk. Ward decorations should be placed in areas not easily accessed by employees and public – for instance, on ceilings and above doors. When considering Christmas get-togethers, be mindful that we need to comply with DHHS guidelines. Outside spaces are better than indoor ones, and COVIDSafe rules still apply.


Upcoming events

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

Manager Forum, 2pm Wednesday 9 December
Read more.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Drop-In Training:

  • 2pm Wednesday 9 December
  • 2pm Friday 11 December

Read more.

Employee Forum, 2pm Thursday 10 December
Read more.

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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