Hospitals and other healthcare facilities play a critical role in national and local responses to emergencies, such as communicable disease epidemics. This Plan outlines how Monash Health will undertake its responsibilities to prepare for and respond to an infectious disease emergency in Victoria.
This plan does not include detailed operational procedures but describes the high-level decisions and broad approach the Health Service will take to respond to the pandemic.
The aim of the plan is to minimise the health consequences of a pandemic on the Monash Health community and minimise disruption to our core services.
To ensure the safety of our employees and our patients, we have created new capacity in establishing our three screening clinics near our Dandenong, Clayton and Casey hospital sites. We have also shifted some program areas around to establish:
As part of our planning for the peak phase of the pandemic, we are working hard to mobilise our workforce, including targeted re-training to bolster our critical care workforce and PPE refresher training. A key role for managers is to support staff in undertaking PPE training and also training for redeployment where relevant.
Managers should support staff in undertaking PPE training refreshers and clinical PPE Super Users.