PPE = Personal Protective Equipment
PPE stands for personal protective equipment. The appropriate PPE used by our Support Stars is based on Government Health Guideline recommendations.
“HEALTHCARE WORKERS - when caring for care recipients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, health care workers are required to wear appropriate PPE which may include masks, gloves, eye shields and/or gowns, to protect themselves from infectious illnesses and help stop the spread of disease.”
The PPE required will depend on the type of interaction and the health status of the care recipient.
Risk assessments are conducted to ensure all PPE, including masks are appropriate to your requirements and as per Government Health Guideline recommendations.
All staff are required to practice social distancing and good hygiene practises.
It is important that our health workforce remains strong and healthy during this time.
Should I wear a face mask?
• Where there is low community transmission of COVID-19, wearing a mask in the community when you are well is not generally recommended.
• However, where there is significant community transmission (as determined by jurisdictional public health authorities), you may choose, or be required to, wear a mask.
More information can be accessed here: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others-from-coronavirus-covid-19/masks
Should our support workers be wearing masks at work?
In South Australia the use of face masks by support workers/staff conducting home visits is not mandatory, but highly preferred.
Due to current local transmission and lockdown restrictions in NSW
• All support workers/staff conducting home visits must wear a surgical face mask.
• All clients receiving supports must wear a mask when a support worker/staff are conducting home visits or with the client in the community.
Due to current local transmission in Victoria, face masks must be worn by support workers/staff delivering services.
Due to current local transmission in the ACT – all staff delivering services must wear a surgical face mask.
Due to recent local transmission in QLD all support workers/staff who are delivering services in the following areas must wear a face mask when delivering services to clients
- City of Brisbane
- Moreton Bay Regional Council
- City of Gold Coast
- City of Ipswich
- Lockyer Valley Regional Council
- Logan City
- Noosa Shire Council
- Redland City
- Scenic Rim Regional Council
- Somerset Regional Council
- Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Townsville (including Magnetic Island) and Palm Island are not classified as impacted areas, but residents of these LGAs are encouraged to carry a mask and wear it when physical distancing is not possible.
Under current guidelines, all healthcare workers should wear masks if they have close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.
Healthcare workers are not otherwise required to wear a mask unless there is a medical reason for doing so.