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Update to COVID-19 screening questions for staff, visitors and clients
The Ministry of Health last night advised that the following question should be added to staff, client and visitor COVID-19 screening:
Have you travelled to Melbourne in the last 14 days?
For staff: assess the person for symptoms and exclude from clinical areas for a period of 14 days from the date they returned from Melbourne. They should be advised to get tested for COVID-19 should even the mildest of symptoms arise. Given the risk is presently very low, should the absence of the staff member from clinical duties in any way compromise clinical care, please assess the risk accordingly and put a local management plan in place.
For clients/visitors: ensure that questioning focusses on the mildest of symptoms but at this stage there is no instruction to exclude if the person is completely asymptomatic.
It is essential that AOD services maintain infection control protocols, including COVID-19 screening and testing. Make sure you know local testing clinics and how you can support your clients to access them. Learn more.
Facilitated by health reporter Dr Norman Swan, this event brings together affected communities, doctors, scientists, health and community workers, researchers and the public to discuss the immense challenges COVID-19 brings to hepatitis C elimination and the health of people who use drugs, and to discuss strategies to ensure Australia stays on track to become one of the first countries in the world to eliminate hepatitis C.
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Health and wellbeing
The health and wellbeing of the non government AOD workforce, their clients and the greater community is of utmost importance to the staff, here at NADA.
As coronavirus cases rise across Australia, so too are feelings of stress and anxiety. In times like these, we need practical evidence based information and resources on ways to take care of ourselves, our clients and our community.
While there is a lot of uncertainty in the world right now, one this is for sure—we are here for you. The team at NADA have compiled the select list of information and resources below to help you, your clients and communities stay healthy, safe and connected during these challenging times. If there’s anything further we can do to support you, don’t hesitate to reach out by calling or emailing staff.
Adapting to change Yasmin Iese and Vi Ngyun from DAMEC talk about adapting their service during COVID-19 and supporting their clients holistically.
Watch the complete series of Well Beings NADA is excited to release the final COVID-19 episodes of Well Beings,our short-animation series with practical, science backed tips and tricks to reduce stress and enhance health and wellbeing. Watch them all!
Coping with stress and uncertainty during COVID-19 NADA developed this eLearning course to help AOD workers cope with stress and uncertainty during COVID-19. It explores the factors that make coping difficult and outlines a variety of helpful tips and strategies to support you to look after yourself during these challenging times.