Protecting Seniors Australians - COVID-19 Update - 14 September 2022

Protecting Seniors Australians – COVID-19 Update – 14 September 2022

Posted date:

September 15, 2022

the target audience:

health sector

Please share this newsletter with your colleagues, workforce, and especially your communications teams and encourage them to subscribe for future updates. You can view previous issues of the Australian Aged Protection newsletter as well as other announcements for the aged care sector on the department’s website.

Anyone living in a nursing home, their family, or their representative who needs support should contact the Seniors Advocacy Network at 1800700600.

Webinar – Aged Care Update on COVID-19

The next seminar will be held in Friday, September 16, 2022, 1pm – 2pm (ADT). Please note that webinars will now be held every two weeks.

In this week’s session, you will hear from Professor Michael Kidd (Medical Vice President) about isolation period changes in the National Cabinet and tips for updating infection control practices. The department will also provide an update on supporting the Commonwealth workforce and key messages from last week’s webinar on recovering from the outbreak.

Excuse me Register to attend.

This session will include a moderated question and answer session with departmental officials and we encourage you to submit questions in advance through the registration link.

more information

To find more information, please visit our website or email us if you have any questions:

National Cabinet and Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) statements

The National Cabinet met on August 31, 2022 and agreed to reduce isolation periods from seven to five days for the broader community.

This change in isolation requirements applies only to people without symptoms in five days and the seven-day isolation period remains for workers in high-risk environments such as the elderly and disability care sector and those providing care at home.

Links to both statements are here:

Changes to the isolation period for COVID-19 positive cases went into effect on Friday, September 9, 2022, following the release of the AHPPC statement on September 8, 2022.

While asymptomatic COVID-19 cases after five days may leave isolation, the AHPPC strongly advises that these individuals should be excluded from attending high-risk settings (such as residential nursing homes, disabled care facilities, and hospitals) until at least seven days after a test result their positivity and remain symptom-free. This applies to both employees and visitors.

All aged care providers are encouraged to stay informed of any changes to public health orders in their areas, including those related to visitor and staff requirements.

Your state or territory has the latest information on COVID-19 isolation requirements in your area, which is also provided in the links below:

The accession of the first bivalent vaccine for COVID-19 in Australia

The Australian government has Approved Advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (ATAGI) to include Moderna Spikevax Bivalent Original/Omicron BA.1 (Moderna Bivalent) in the COVID-19 vaccination program for boosters in people aged 18 years or older October 10 2022. You can view the ATAGI statement here.

ATAGI has not made any changes to current booster recommendations and does not recommend any additional booster doses beyond the second booster dose (4th dose) in specific populations. Moderna bivalent vaccine is Not recommended as a basic course of vaccination (the first two doses in most people or the first three doses in people with severe immunodeficiency).

We encourage residential nursing homes to continue arranging immunizations for their eligible residents for COVID-19 boosters, along with any available vaccines.

The Ministry of Health and Elderly Care has expanded its scope of work Expression of Interest (EOI) process for coronavirus vaccination clinics on hand Until December 31, 2022.

Residential nursing homes that are unable to secure a primary care provider to administer COVID-19 doses, either with a GP or pharmacist or through their primary health network, are still able to order a COVID-19 Commonwealth Vaccination Clinic on hand. This will allow any resident who was unable to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations during the winter season to keep up with their COVID-19 vaccination schedule.

Useful links to the sector from last weeks meeting

Phone support services:

  • Head to health Offers free counseling, assessment, and referral to local mental health services. a call 1800 595212 Between 8:30 AM and 5 PM on weekdays (excluding public holidays)

Registration Available – Webinar on COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience

The Ministry of Health and Elderly Care held the third webinar in the Winter Preparedness Webinar Series on ‘Recovery and Resilience’ on September 7, 2022.

A recording of this webinar is now available to watch on demand: Preparing Aged Care for Winter – Recovery and Resilience

This webinar is the third and final session in the Winter Preparation series. You can view previous sessions here:

Session 1 (Readiness): Preparing the elderly care service for the winter – readiness

Session 2 (Reply): Winter Elderly Care Service Preparation – Response

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