Coronavirus (COVID-19)

By March 6, 2020March 27th, 2020Coronavirus, News

Achieve Australia is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving state of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community. We would like to assure our clients, families and stakeholders that our team is doing everything possible to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of the people we support.

To assist, we have outlined some immediate measures we are taking at Achieve and some tips for good infection control to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Here’s what we are doing right now

Standard procedures are in place

While the coronavirus has created increased awareness about the importance of infection control, all Achieve sites follow rigorous policies and procedures to maintain high standards of infection control at all times. This helps to avoid the spread of coronavirus and other infectious diseases for the people we support and provides a safe working environment for our staff.

Communication updates

We are providing regular communication updates to clients, families, our staff and any external stakeholders as new information becomes available. Regular updates will also be posted on Achieve’s website here and via our social media channels.

In addition for up-to-the-minute information about coronavirus, visit the Department of Health website health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

Working party

A working party of operations and nursing staff has been assembled at Achieve to provide advice and guidance around the monitoring of coronavirus and how we can plan, prepare and respond in the instance of an outbreak.

We are working with the Australian Government Department of Health to determine the best course of action and are ready to respond to changing circumstances. Our team is also working to ensure staff are fully supported in their roles during this time.

Visitors to Achieve

All visitors, including family, friends, contractors or external practitioners, must wash their hands or use a hand sanitiser before entering any Achieve home or site. On entry, visitors will be asked whether they have been experiencing any signs or symptoms of the coronavirus. If visitors are experiencing symptoms, we may need to determine if it is safe for you to enter and reschedule visits or planned work.

What you can do

  • Avoid going to work or out into the community if you are sick – It is best to stay home if you are sick or infectious with cold and flu symptoms. If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, which include fever, a sore throat, cough or shortness of breath, seek medical attention and advice as soon as possible.
  • Regular hand washing – Wash your hands with soap for at least 20-30 seconds every hour, after you have had direct contact with another person, when preparing food, and after using the bathroom. Anti-bacterial hand sanitiser should only be used if you are unable to wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Practice personal hygiene – Cover coughs and sneezes and dispose of any used tissues immediately. Avoid touching your face, nose or mouth and avoid any non-essential contact with others.
  • Get an annual flu vaccination – In the coming months getting the annual flu vaccination will help prevent the spread of other contagious diseases.

Overseas travel

The Australia Government currently lists these countries to be a higher risk for coronavirus:

  • Mainland China
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • South Korea

If you have travelled to, or are returning from, any of these countries in recent times and are planning to attend an Achieve site or home please inform our team. It is recommended to self-isolate for 14 days upon your return to Australia, even if you do not have any symptoms of coronavirus.

For further information or if you have any questions coronavirus, speak with your Achieve contact or call us on 1300 22 44 38.

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