Chief Executive COVID-19 Update: 4 March

Message from the Chief Executive

As of today, we have:

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

In this update, we cover:

  • Launching our Accreditation website
  • STAR Award winners – your colleagues’ achievements in Q4 2020
  • Vaccination – protecting our most vulnerable
  • Reminder: admissions and transfers process to and from residential aged care facilities/hospitals
  • #ChooseToChallenge as we mark International Women’s Day
  • Vaccinations by appointment off to a great start
  • Download vaccination posters for employee noticeboards
  • Let’s celebrate Hospitality Workers in HealthCare Day!

Launching our employee Accreditation website
Our National Standards accreditation assessment is scheduled from Monday 7 June to Friday 11 June 2021. Accreditation is a time to show how we embed important practices in our everyday work to ensure we continue delivering outstanding health care to our community.

To ensure you feel confident and comfortable with this process, we’ve launched an employee Accreditation website.

The website can be accessed at home, work, or on your device and provide you with all the information, updates and resources you need to get Accreditation-ready. We’ll be updating the site regularly, so make sure you bookmark it and visit often.

Read more here and visit the new Accreditation website now.

STAR Award winners – your colleagues’ achievements in Q4 2020
Final recipients of the 2020 STAR Awards were announced at Tuesday’s employee forum. From going above and beyond for a discharged patient to successfully handling a small fire, our teams have demonstrated excellence across the board.

Read more about your colleagues and their achievements here.

If you know someone who embodies excellence, head to the STAR Portal and nominate them for the next round of STAR Awards.

Vaccination – protecting our most vulnerable
On Monday 22 February, Phil Maes, a care recipient at Eastwood Hostel, was among the first Victorians to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Since then, over 100 care recipients across Eastwood Hostel, Mooraleigh Hostel, Chestnut Gardens Aged Care, Allambie Nursing Home, and Yarraman Nursing Home have received their first dose. It has been very pleasing to note the program progressing so well, with no wastage and no reported adverse events to date.

Thank you to the residential care team for their careful consideration and planning, and for working closely with families and the community vaccination teams to engage with residents, families and carers, to protect the most vulnerable members of our community.

Read more here, and please continue to inform yourselves via credible sources and the employee vaccination web hub.

With the Monash Health vaccination program well underway, it’s been a historic week in many ways. With the exciting milestone of vaccination rolling out, I am reminded of our people’s dedication to our community and each other amongst fresh challenges and opportunities. I see the commitment to our guiding principles and core purpose; whether it is taking the time to nominate respected peers for STAR Awards, turning your attention to our Accreditation assessment or #ChoosingToChallenge gender inequity, you focus on excellence in healthcare.

Thank you for your ongoing care.

Chief Executive
Andrew Stripp

Key Messages

Reminder admissions and transfers process to and from residential aged care facilities/hospitals
With little or no community transmission and no outbreaks at Monash Health, in regards to the admissions and transfers process to and from residential aged care facilities and our sites, please be reminded:

Transfers from hospital to residential aged care facility
Residents being transferred from hospitals without outbreaks, in areas with low levels of community transmission:

  • if symptomatic and meet criteria for suspected coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • should not be transferred without careful case-by-case assessment
    • if transferred, be tested and isolated on admission, until test results are available or symptoms have resolved, whichever is longer.
  • if asymptomatic, should not be tested or quarantined.

Please ensure you and your team are reminded of the process and read the full Victorian Department of Health document here.

#ChooseToChallenge as we mark International Women’s Day
Dr Niki Vincent, Victoria’s first Commissioner for Gender Equality in the Public Sector, will join us in conversation as we celebrate International Women’s Day and look to set the agenda for our next gender equity plan. Chief Medical Officer and Chair of the Gender Committee, Dr Anjali Dhulia, will host the special Employee Forum on Thursday 11 March at 2.00pm. Find out more here.

Vaccinations by appointment off to a great start
Having made a solid start at Monash Medical Centre Clayton and residential aged care, with over 1,000 people vaccinated, we open our Dandenong vaccination clinic this week. Next week, vaccinations will start at Casey. It’s encouraging to see our employees keen to be protected against COVID-19. Please be reminded that you require a pre-booked appointment to be vaccinated at our clinics. Appointments ensure we can maintain the plan to vaccinate employees in priority order in a timely way. Read more here.

Download vaccination posters for employee noticeboards
Our Employee Vaccination Web Hub has a new Resources page. Download the latest COVID-19 vaccination posters for your employee noticeboards and check back regularly as resources will be added over time. View the available resources here.

Let’s celebrate Hospitality Workers in HealthCare Day!
Hospitality Workers in HealthCare Day is on Saturday 6 March, but we invite you all to celebrate with your colleagues on Friday 5 March. You can participate by displaying the Hospitality Workers in HealthCare Day posters on your workplace noticeboards – they are available for you to download and display proudly here.  And of course, remember to thank our Support Services team members when you see them. We couldn’t provide excellence in healthcare without them! Read more here.

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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