Update for Victoria
The Victorian Government updated visitor restrictions for residential care facilities from 11.59pm on Wednesday, 12 January 2022.
Accordingly, Uniting AgeWell permits two visitors per day per resident. Given the widespread community transmission of COVID-19 at this time, we would encourage families and friends to take a conservative approach to visitor numbers and frequency of visits at this time.
Whilst we are not mandating a current negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) result prior to each visit, we strongly encourage visitors to undergo a RAT and confirm a negative result before entering our facilities.
All visitors must continue to adhere to Uniting AgeWell's Safe Visiting Guidelines, which remain unchanged, other than the number of visitors permitted.
Unvaccinated visitor arrangements also remain unchanged, including mandatory PPE and a maximum 30 minute visit duration.
Read more here.
Update for Tasmania
On 10 December 2021, the Director of Public Health announced new directions for Residential Aged Care Facilities across Tasmania which came into effect on Wednesday, 15 December 2021.
The new directions impact on Visiting Arrangements for all visitors to residential aged care facilities in Tasmania.
Read more here.
Uniting AgeWell’s Vaccination Commitment
To ensure the safety of residents, clients and staff, the Uniting AgeWell Board made COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for all staff, volunteers and external contractors, irrespective of their role, except where evidence of a valid medical exemption is provided.
By 26 November 2021, 100 per cent of Uniting AgeWell’s entire workforce had received two doses of the vaccine.
Booster vaccination clinics are currently underway, with all Uniting AgeWell staff, volunteers and external contractors required to have their third dose:
- Those UA staff already eligible for a booster vaccination – ie. they had their second dose four months or more ago – will have until 12 February 2022 to receive and provide evidence of their third COVID-19 vaccine dose. (The 12 February booster deadline will apply to the vast majority of Uniting AgeWell staff
- If staff are not yet eligible for their third dose – ie. they had their second dose three or less months ago – they must have their booster vaccination and provide evidence within two weeks of their third dose falling due. The absolute deadline for staff in this category is 1 March 2022.
The health, safety and wellbeing of our residents, clients and staff is our absolute priority.
A robust response to COVID-19 and pandemic plan was put in place by Uniting AgeWell at the outset of the pandemic and this response has continued to evolve as the situation and risk changes.
Widespread community transmission in Australia has significantly increased the likelihood of exposure to COVID-19 for people living and working in aged care settings. Extra precautionary measures and outbreak management protocols are implemented immediately an exposure is identified, with facilities placed in outbreak lockdown as required under direction and advice from the Department of Health and the Public Health Unit.
All residents and clients continue to be well protected by the tireless efforts, skill and commitment of our staff.
We remain ever-vigilant, with precautionary measures ongoing to ensure a safe environment for all. We will continue to carefully monitor the situation and quickly respond to any change in risk as needed.
Thank you for your ongoing trust and support.
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