Updated Guidelines

Yesterday, the Premier provided further detail of the ‘second step’ of easing of restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne.

Industry Restart Guidelines have been developed to support Victorians moving out of restrictions (both metro Melbourne and regional Victoria):

These documents contain details providing which services can be delivered during each step of the easing of restrictions, not just this current stage, but the stages to come. These also outline the COVID Safe principles, and what workplaces need to do to ensure a COVID Safe environment.

It is important you read these before you change any of your practice protocols and to understand what is coming down the pipeline.

The updated permitted work premises list for the ‘health care and social assistance industries’ is currently incorrect and we are awaiting an update to align it with the content of Industry Restart Guidelines (anticipated to be completed by COB today – 28 Sept 2020): click here.

FAQs have also been developed which aim to address common practitioner and consumer questions and are available in both Restart Guidelines. We strongly encourage you to read these FAQs.

Note other major changes for metro Melbourne: the curfew has been lifted as of 5.00am today (Monday, 28 September 2020) and clients can exercise 5kms from both home and work (if they are permitted workers, but they will have to carry their permitted worker permits).

Anita Hobson-Powell is meeting with DHHS and the CAHO tomorrow morning to understand the guidelines more.

Personal Development Course

The Safer Care Victoria webinar series for healthcare leaders continues this Friday with a panel discussion on ‘Combating compassion fatigue and burnout at the healthcare frontline during COVID-19’.

Hosted by Victorian Chief Allied Health Officer, Donna Markham, the panel will reflect on the impacts of fatigue, distress and uncertainty; consider examples of how to sustain wellbeing and prevent burnout; and discuss what actions can be taken to build resilience and cope with psychological distress.

This webinar is open to Victorian healthcare workers and leaders.

  • Topic: Combating compassion fatigue and burnout at the healthcare frontline during COVID-19
  • Date: Friday 2 October 2020
  • Time: 2:00pm – 2:45pm (AEST)
  • Click here to register

The registration page provides further information about the webinar, instructions for submitting questions and links to recordings of previous webinars.