COVID-19 information for our workforce

18/03/2020


Alliance Community are closely monitoring the official Government sources and the World Health Organisation for the most up to date information and advice.

As we face the constanly changing circumstances related to COVID-19, we'd like to update you on protocals for our workforce. 


Alliance Community Mandatory Notification Protocol for On-hire Staff , has been updated on 16th March 2020 based on the Australian Department of Health Guidelines.

Anyone diagnosed with COVID-19, or contacted by a Health Department/Public Health Unit and asked to self-isolate:

  • Must comply with medical & Health Department advice
  • Must advise their Manager/Supervisor IMMEDIATELY


Anyone who believes they have been in close contact (being face to face for at least 15-mins, or been in the same closed space for at least 2-hrs) with a confirmed COVID-19 positive person:

  • Must advise their Manager/Supervisor IMMEDIATELY
  • Must seek medical attention for consideration of testing for COVID-19
  • Must not attend work until cleared by a medical practitioner

If an employee suspects that they may be infected and are waiting on test results but cannot be isolated at home, they will need to contact a public health unit who will assess and advise on the next steps.

Anyone who is unwell and has *flu-like symptoms, whether having travelled internationally or not:

  • Must contact your Manager/Supervisor IMMEDIATELY
  • Must seek medical attention for consideration of testing for COVID-19
  • Provide a medical note for return to work


*flu-like symptoms: People with coronavirus may experience:

  • Fever,
  • Flu like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue,
  • Shortness of breath.

Reference: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/what-you-need-to-know-about-coronavirus-covid-19#symptoms

Anyone entering or returning to Australia after midnight Sunday 15th March:

  • Must observe the mandatory self-quarantine requirement in your home for 14-days from arrival in Australia, other than for seeking individual medical care
  • Must contact their Manager/Supervisor IMMEDIATELY
  • If you have or develop symptoms (even if mild) seek medical attention as soon as possible
    • Call the Coronavirus Health Information Line : 1800 020 080 for advice
    • Attend their emergency department but phone the Emergency Department before


Anyone returning to Australia who has been in China, Iran, Italy or South Korea (before 15 March):

  • Must be self-isolated in your home for 14-days from leaving,
  • Other than for seeking individual medical care
  • Must contact their Manager/Supervisor IMMEDIATELY
  • If you have or develop symptoms (even if mild) seek medical attention as soon as possible
    • Call the Coronavirus Health Information Line : 1800 020 080 for advice
    • Attend their emergency department but phone the Emergency Department before attending


Anyone returning from Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia & Korea (before 15 March):

  • Must contact their Manager/Supervisor IMMEDIATELY
  • Must self-monitor your health for 14-days from leaving
  • You do not need to isolate yourself unless you have or develop symptoms
  • Must not attend work if you have or develop symptoms (even if mild) seek medical attention as soon as possible
    • Call the Coronavirus Health Information Line : 1800 020 080 for advice
    • Attend their emergency department but phone the Emergency Department before attending
  • Alliance Community will assess your situation on a case-by-case basis, based on your travel and health history, your ability to closely monitor symptoms and isolate yourself rapidly if they occur, and the nature of the work you perform.


Any staff member on a visa who is currently travelling or planning to travel should check the Australian Border Force website, as there are revised restrictions on re-entry to Australia for all non-Australian citizens / permanent residents. They could risk their visa being cancelled if they attempt re-entry to Australia via China or other declared high-risk countries.

  • Must advise their Manager/Supervisor of their intended travel and dates

Worker Screening:

New candidates will be asked to complete a survey prior to attending an interview, or a new assignment to confirm:

  • Any recent overseas trips including stop over destinations and two week self-isolation details,
  • Not experiencing flu like symptoms


Notification to Host Employers of On-hire Worker with Confirmed Case of COVID19
If an on hire staff member is confirmed as positive for COVID-19, the staff member must inform Alliance Community as per compliance with this protocol.

Once informed, Alliance Community will, under the direction of the Public Health Unit seek to facilitate notification to host employers/clients, as per their requirements.

Alliance Community will seek the authority from the worker to release this information to at risk host workplaces / clients, as determined by risk assessment of diagnosis and work placement timelines, an as per the direction of the Public Health Unit or Health Department.

Whilst worker consent is also sought, Alliance Community notes there is also an exception under the Privacy Act around disclosure without consent, if we reasonably believe the use or disclosure is necessary to lessen or prevent a serious threat to the life, health or safety of any individual, or to public health or safety.

 

Keeping up to date:

Australia’s current situation is changing rapidly. You can keep up to date with these changes via the following:

1. Health:
Australian Government Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/

NSW Health: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/controlguideline/Pages/novel-coronavirus.aspx

Coronavirus Health Information Line: 1800 020 080

If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

CDNA National guidelines for public health units: National Guidelines developed in consultation with the Communicable Diseases Network Australia and endorsed by the Australian Health Protection Principle Committee https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/cdna-song-novel-coronavirus.htm

2. Travel:
Department of Home Affairs: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/news-media/current-alerts/novel-coronavirus

Recruitment Solutions has an obligation to staff, clients, patients & participants to ensure the safety of all concerned and will continue to monitor and update guidelines and processes based on the health departments recommendations.

As your employer, we request that we are kept informed of any change in your status and your progress as per this notification protocol.

If you believe, your circumstances are within the criteria above or if you wish to speak to someone regarding your personal circumstances, please contact your Recruitment Solutions Manager/ Supervisor IMMEDIATELY.

If you have any further questions, please review our FAQs >
 

Helpful Links and Resources

COVID-19  – Know the signs: https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/03/coronavirus-covid-19-know-the-signs-coronavirus-covid-19-know-the-signs-poster_0.pdf

COVID -19 Self Assess your risk: https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/03/coronavirus-covid-19-know-the-signs-coronavirus-covid-19-know-the-signs-poster_0.pdf

COVID-19 – Frequently asked questions : https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/03/coronavirus-covid-19-frequently-asked-questions_1.pdf

Coronavirus (COVIS-19) isolation guidelines https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/03/coronavirus-covid-19-isolation-guidance_2.pdf

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information about home isolation when unwell (suspected or confirmed cases) https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-information-about-home-isolation-when-unwell-suspected-or-confirmed-cases

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information about returning to your community https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-information-about-returning-to-your-community

Information for close contacts of a confirmed case https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/03/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-close-contacts-of-a-confirmed-case_2.pdf

Social Distancing Guidelines https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/03/coronavirus-covid-19-information-on-social-distancing.pdf

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for international traveller 
https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-international-travellers
https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-travellers

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for health care and residential care worker https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/03/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-health-care-and-residential-care-workers_0.pdf

Interim advice on non-impatient care of persons with suspected or confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) including use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/interim-advice-on-non-inpatient-care-of-persons-with-suspected-or-confirmed-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-including-use-of-personal-protective-equipment-ppe

Interim recommendations for the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during hospital care of people with coronavirus diseases 2019 https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/interim-recommendations-for-the-use-of-personal-protective-equipment-ppe-during-hospital-care-of-people-with-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information on the use of surgical masks https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/02/coronavirus-covid-19-information-on-the-use-of-surgical-masks-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-information-on-the-use-of-surgical-masks_0.pdf

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines for outbreaks in residential care facilitie https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/03/coronavirus-covid-19-guidelines-for-outbreaks-in-residential-care-facilities.pdf

Information on work attendance and testing for health and residential aged care workers: https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/03/coronavirus-covid-19-information-on-work-attendance-and-testing-for-health-and-residential-aged-care-workers_0.pdf