Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and information for the aged care sector.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Residential Aged Care Facilities Plan for Victoria

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Residential Aged Care Facilities Plan for Victoria (Word) provides guidelines to assist RACFs to support their healthcare workers, residents, families and visitors to prepare for, prevent and manage cases and outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19).

This document is updated regularly. Updates are highlighted in yellow throughout the Plan. 

Testing of asymptomatic residential aged care workers

To slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and keep aged-care residents and staff safe, regular asymptomatic - or surveillance - testing of all staff working in residential aged care facilities should commence in October 2020.

The Workplace (Additional Industry Obligations) Directions (No 9) require that employers in the residential aged care facilities (as a care facility in Victoria), undertake the following actions:

  1. Conduct surveillance testing of all workers that are usually working on the premises in accordance with the requirements of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
  2. Keep records of surveillance testing of workers for coronavirus (COVID-19)

In Metropolitan Melbourne, the DHHS requirement is that 50% of the workforce is tested each week with the aim of getting 100% of workers tested over a two-week period, with testing to start in the week commencing 19 October 2020.

In Regional Victoria, the DHHS requirement is that 50% of the workforce is tested every fortnight with the aim of getting 100% of workers tested over a four-week period, with testing to start in the week commencing 19 October 2020.     

For the purposes of the surveillance testing requirements, this includes all direct employees, contract, sessional, casual and visiting staff members of residential aged care services across all shifts. It does not include contractors performing temporary work on-site.

DHHS will assess future requirements for surveillance testing based on a risk assessment and advise industry of any changes.

Public sector residential aged care services

Public sector residential aged care services (PSRACS) in partnership with their affiliated health service, will undertake regular asymptomatic testing for all staff working in PSRACS.

Please find guidance for Public Sector Residential Aged Care Services and their staff 

Private/non-government residential aged care facilities

The Victorian Aged Care Response Centre (VACRC) is partnering with Sonic Healthcare and Aspen Medical to undertake asymptomatic testing of all staff working in non-government residential aged care facilities (RACFs).

See further details on asymptomatic testing of staff in non-government RACFs.
 

Visitors in residential aged care

This factsheet is for residential aged care providers, staff, workers, visitors and contractors. This information aligns with Victorian Government directions and Commonwealth Government recommendations regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) for the residential aged care sector.  

Screening tool for residential aged care service to monitor residents 

The COVID-19 screening tool for residential aged care services can be used daily to monitor residents for signs of clinical deterioration to allow early escalation and testing for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Suspected cases

This factsheet is for residential aged care facilities who are aware that a resident, staff member or worker has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), or who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19):

Personal protective equipment (PPE) 

PPE factsheets 

PPE and infection control training for residential aged care workers

Workers are encouraged to complete an online training course before attending face to face training. 

The Commonwealth Department of Health has online training for care workers across all health care settings, including aged care. This training covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Monash Health PPE training program for Victorian residential aged care workers contains modules for:

  • hand hygiene (10 minutes to complete)
  • PPE and standard and transmission-based precautions (30 minutes to complete)

Free face-to-face infection control training is available for workers in residential aged care facilities (clinical and non-clinical) in Victoria, delivered by Monash University. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is provided for hands-on practice and the course incorporates a ‘train the trainer’ model. Fill in the booking request form or email PPE.Project@monash.edu for more information.

Admission and transfer 

These factsheets provide information for decision making about admission and transfer for people in residential aged care: 

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