We are determined to respond and adhere to the latest instructions provided to us by the Victorian Government throughout this difficult time. JFU is an organisation that you can place your trust in, now and always.
Below are the most recent care providing updates from the health.gov.au website.
When you must not work
If you are an aged care worker, do not go to work if you have:
returned from overseas in the past 14 days
travelled in the past 14 days as a cruise ship passenger or crew member
been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19
a symptom, even a minor symptom, of respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose or nasal congestion)
not had a 2020 flu vaccination
Let your employer know if you need to quarantine at home.
Temperature checks in
Temperature checks of workers and visitors may be useful as an added precaution in high-risk places such as hospitals and aged care facilities. This helps protect the vulnerable people in those settings.
But temperature checks aren’t always an accurate way of knowing whether someone has COVID-19.
This is because:
people with COVID-19 don’t always have a fever
various other medical conditions or infection can cause a fever, not just COVID-19
fever can go up and down during an infection or after taking medication—it might be down at the time of the check
As an employer, you should brief all staff on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes your contract staff and domestic and cleaning staff.
If one of your staff members has tested positive for COVID-19, you need to follow the health advice from the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 or state or
You also need to:
support employee personal hygiene
make sure the workplace is thoroughly cleaned
promote physical distancing, where this does not prevent care
adhere to the limits on public gatherings, noting that this does not apply to staff meetings
support your employees’ mental health
provide information to workers in residential aged care facilities.
When can staff come to work?
Health care providers rely on their workforce for the delivery of a range of hospital, aged care and allied health services. This ensures that Australians receive the health care they need to stay well and maximise quality of life.
Staff can still go to work if they have directly cared for confirmed cases while using personal protective equipment (PPE) properly.
Where vulnerable workers undertake essential work a risk assessment must be undertaken. Risk needs to be assessed and mitigated, taking into account the worker, the workplace and the work. This should be conducted with your local Public Health Unit.
Where possible vulnerable people should be redeployed to non-care based roles. Where risk cannot be appropriately mitigated, employers and employees should consider alternate arrangements to accommodate a workplace absence.
Resources and training
The Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) guides the Australian health sector response to COVID-19.
The COVID-19 National Guidelines for Public Health Units provides interim recommendations on:
The Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) updates these guidelines regularly.
This collection contains resources for health professionals on: