Chief Executive COVID-19 Update: 10 June

Message from the Chief Executive

As of today, we have:

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

In this update, we cover:

  • Have your say on working at Monash Health – People Matter Survey now open
  • Monash Health Executives take action against COVID-19
  • Making a difference in protecting our vulnerable aged care recipients
  • Don’t defer your Deteriorating Patient training
  • Improving access and care for children with diabetes – STAR winners
  • Are you ready for flu season? Get your free flu vaccination today
  • Our Employee Assistance Program is here to support you

Yesterday, the Acting Premier announced the easing of restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne from 11.59pm tonight (Thursday 10 June).

The five reasons to leave home will no longer apply in metro Melbourne, and the existing 10-kilometre limit will be increased to 25 kilometres. Schools will be able to resume face-to-face learning, and cafes, restaurants, and pubs will open – with strict safety measures in place. Masks are still required indoors and outdoors.

There is only one change to precautions in our health service – two support people may now attend during labour and births. Other PPE requirements, screening processes and visitor restrictions remain the same.

While the easing of restrictions is welcome news, we know it does not mean we can become complacent; we must remain vigilant as we know how quickly this virus can spread in our community. Please stay home from work if you are unwell and get tested if you have symptoms.

If you have not yet been vaccinated, I encourage you to do so. You can either call the central booking line to book at any one of our clinics or walk into one of our clinics, identify yourself as an employee of Monash Health, and the team will do their best to fit you in.

As we look forward to restrictions easing, I would like to acknowledge Monash Health’s South East Public Health Unit, led by Professor Rhonda Stuart, for their outstanding work in rapid contact tracing and case management. I was proud to see their work recognised in The Age last weekend.

People Matter Survey now open
The pandemic has required additional effort and focus from all of us, as well as a considerable amount of change across our workplaces. This is why it is more important than ever that we understand what is working well and where we can improve.

Please take a few minutes to complete this year’s People Matter survey and share your thoughts about working at Monash Health.

Survey responses are anonymous, and your feedback will help shape the future of our health service. I encourage you to participate, regardless of whether you’re working remotely, on the front line at one of our major hospitals, or in one of our many community settings

Please visit the dedicated employee webpage for more details.

Thank you

Andrew Stripp
Chief Executive

Key messages

Monash Health Executives take action against COVID-19
We caught up with five members of our executive team following their COVID-19 vaccination. You can read the story here.

If you have not yet been vaccinated, you are encouraged to do so. If you have already been vaccinated, you can help by talking with your patients, consumers and family and friends about their options. There is a lot of valuable information on our SEPHU website, including finding a vaccination clinic, translated flyers, eligibility and booking.

Making a difference in protecting our vulnerable aged care recipients
The response to the Victorian Government aged and disability care worker COVID-19 vaccination blitz was encouraging to see. Our vaccination centre teams at Sandown Racecourse and Cranbourne Turf Club worked quickly and safely to ensure the State’s essential workforce could be protected from COVID-19 and protect the vulnerable individuals in their care. Angela Wang, Facility Manager at our Eastwood Hostel aged care residence, has received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more about her experience here.

Don’t defer your Deteriorating Patient training
Accreditation may have been temporarily deferred, but that’s no reason to defer your Deteriorating Patient training. As we work to reschedule our accreditation survey, you must complete your Deteriorating Patient training as soon as possible.

Because of the ongoing impact of COVID-19, completion of the online deteriorating patient LATTE courses (excluding neonatal courses) before 30 June will be considered as full completion of the course.

Read more, including answers to frequently asked questions, here.

Improving access and care for children with diabetes – read more about this quarter’s STAR winners
This quarter’s STAR Award winner for the Improving Care and Access category is the Department of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes. Acting Head Dr Justin Brown and Diabetes Nurse Educator Adam Lamendola joined the recent employee forum to accept the award on behalf of the team. Read more about their work here.

Are you ready for flu season? Get your free flu vaccination today
Flu season is upon us, and the weather is only getting colder! Make sure you protect yourself against the flu with your free flu vaccination.

We don’t know what this year’s flu season will bring, but we do know flu vaccination is an easy and safe way to protect yourself, your family and your patients. Monash Health provides free flu vaccination to employees, and we encourage you to participate. Learn about where you can get your flu vaccination onsite today.

Employee Assistance Program
Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is here to provide free and confidential support to our employees, their immediate family, and volunteers. This service is available to proactively manage your health and wellbeing and to provide support during what can be a difficult time.

The service covers a range of personal and professional issues, including:

  • Employee assist
  • Career assist
  • Nutrition and Lifestyle assist
  • Manager assist
  • Money assist
  • Legal assist
  • Family and Conflict assist

The EAP is available from 8am to 8pm every day, with limited availability on weekends. To find out more, call 1300 687 327 or 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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