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Department of Health new COVID-19 Aged care training and resources

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New Training modules

Five modules are available for completion as part of the Department of Health’s new eLearning program for Aged Care workers. Modules are:

  • Module 1:How to protect yourself and the people you are caring for from infection with COVID-19.  (Note: From March this has been mandatory for all Independent support workers providing support via Mable.) 
  • Module 2: Families and Visitors
    • Part A: Residential Care Facilities
    • Part B: In Home Care
  • Module 3: COVID-19 and Aged Care
  • Module 4: Outbreak Management
  • Module 5: Personal Protective Equipment “PPE”  (It is important to understand how to properly put on and take off PPE to ensure it is effective.

Click here to register and access the training modules.

If you would like to access the Aged Care training, users will need to register their workplaces as ‘Aged Care’. If you have already registered for online training but not with ‘Aged Care’ as your workplace, email for a priority response.

Factsheets  Note: All Aged Care factsheets that are publicly available on the Department of Health site are still being updated to reflect recent announcements. 

COVID-19 Guide for Providers of In Home Aged Care  

A guide to assist Home Care and Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) Providers who provide care to older people living at home is now available on the department’s website. This guide includes helpful and important information in relation to support protocols for support workers and the use of PPE.

Flu vaccinations more important than ever

With the 2020 flu season not far away, all Australians aged 6 months and over —and especially those in vulnerable groups or age brackets — should arrange vaccination against seasonal influenza during the month of April. The Government is also encouraging all aged care workers to get flu shots this year and from May 1st, it will be mandatory for those working in or entering a residential aged care facility.

Australians should speak to their GP, pharmacist or aged care provider to arrange a flu vaccination over the coming weeks.

Whilst flu vaccination does not prevent against COVID-19, a flu vaccination can help reduce the severity and spread of seasonal influenza, which can lower a person’s immunity and make them more susceptible to other illnesses like COVID-19. 

It will be important to ensure that you have appropriate evidence of your flu vaccination. The Department of Health has advised that evidence may be a statement or record from a health practitioner, or an immunisation history statement available from Medicare Online or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app.

Read more here

Flu Vaccination requirement FAQ  

The Department has released further information to assist residential aged care providers to understand the entry restrictions to aged care facilities that related to 2020 influenza vaccinations.

The Frequently Asked Questions document can be found on the Department’s website.

Please continue to check back into our COVID-19 page for links to government guidelines,  Homecare screening tools and guidelines , training links and WHO protective measures

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