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COVID-19

Information and resources

The COVID-19 situation can change rapidly. WA remains in a State of Emergency, with some important measures remaining in place to keep WA safe. The WA Government has released WA’s Safe Transition Plan and information about getting ready for WA’s transition and easing of border controls on Saturday 5 February, 2022.

It is important to keep up to date with the most recent information from credible sources and ensure necessary preparedness and planning is in place. Every service is responsible for their compliance with Public Health Directions, planning and preparedness for changing COVID situations in WA, and for an outbreak in their services (sometimes called business continuity planning).

Listed below is a range of available resources and links to key information sources; however, it is not an exhaustive list. The Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing cannot provide specific advice regarding COVID-19. The information provided below is intended as guidance only. All efforts were made to ensure the information is true and correct at the date of publication, changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact the accuracy of the information.

General resources

Western Australian

National

Preparedness and planning

The principles of preparedness are similar for all services, however the application of the principles will be tailored to individual services. Preparedness and planning includes:

  • Developing and maintaining an outbreak management plan
  • Ensuring management plans for workforce and supplies are in place
  • Promoting public health and infection prevention and control principles.

Planning should be supported by organisation protocols, policies, and procedures. Considerations for preparedness and planning should include different scenarios (i.e. lockdown, school closures, staff positive case, client positive case) and include areas like:

  • Infection prevention and control measure
  • Physical distancing
  • Workforce
  • Record keeping
  • Vaccination
  • Other business considerations e.g. Ensuring all staff, including casual staff and volunteers, are provided with current information on COVID-19 and the control measures being used in the service.

Resources to support preparedness and planning

The key documents for community care providers can be found under Aged care and community care providers in the community care providers tab here, including preparation and response guidelines for congregate living settings, first 24 hours of an outbreak in a congregate living facility resource, congregate living facility documents required for submission to Department of Health in the event of an outbreak resource, and guidelines for Western Australian community-based care.

There are also relevant documents under Business, industry and local government here (including infection prevention and control and PPE documents).

Vaccination

The COVID-19 vaccine is an important measure to keep the community safe and healthy. The vaccine is free for everyone in Australia – whether a citizen, permanent resident, an overseas visitor, migrant worker, or asylum seeker.

There are a range of Public Health Directions that prevent workers from entering or remaining at specific facilities and locations if they have not been vaccinated against COVID-19. The mandatory vaccination requirements, including booster vaccination, cover approximately 75% of the workforce in WA, including community services. 

The current relevant Public Health Directions can be found here

Services and staff have a responsibility to ensure any information provided about vaccination is clear, factual and from reliable sources. There are many resources available for people who have questions about the vaccine, however it is important to be cautious of misinformation from sources that are not reliable. If staff or clients are concerned about getting a COVID-19 vaccine, or don’t know how to choose the right vaccine for their situation, the best person for them to speak to is their doctor.

It is important to ensure any communication about vaccination is not false or misleading and communication is within appropriate boundaries. In the event of false or misleading communications, organisational policies and procedures should be followed.

Vaccination resources

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