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Aged care sector

Residents of residential aged care facilities (RACFs) are at increased risk of COVID-19 infection and are more vulnerable to serious complications if they do become infected. The single most important measure for preventing COVID-19 in RACFs is the avoidance of exposure.

RACFs must implement measures to prevent introduction of COVID-19 into their facility and ensure they are prepared to manage outbreaks of COVID-19, should they occur. Detailed guidelines on managing outbreaks are provided in the Australian Department of Health’s COVID-19 guidelines for outbreaks in residential care facilities.

Details of restrictions on entry into residential aged care facilities (RACFs) can be found in the Chief Health Officer’s public health directions on aged care.

  • Advanced care planning advice (source: Queensland Government)
    This website provides information and resources about advance care planning for consumers and health professionals.
  • Aged care clinical guide – Palliative and end-of-life care (source: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners)
    This fifth edition provides guidance on the often complex care of older people, whether living in the community or residential aged care facilities (RACFs).
  • PallConsult - 24/7 palliative care advice (source: Queensland Government)
    PallConsult boosts the ability of local healthcare teams to deliver patient-centred palliative care, especially in rural and remote parts of the State.

This virtual leadership and skill development series is designed to support the capacity and capability of Residential and Aged Care and Disability Service facilities to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sessions will are Train the Trainer’ in nature and and provide a conduit to existing and emerging resources.

This live series runs daily from Monday 3 to Saturday 8 August 2020, with recordings added to this page 24-48 hours post-session.

COVID-19 Incident Management Team

Optimising the value of visiting health professionals in a COVID-19 environment

Leading a COVID-19 safe team: Personal and staff wellness

Professional Governance Issues, Surge workforce techniques and Information sharing

Infection control

Train the Trainer principles

  • Tips for residential aged care providers (Source: Dementia Australia)
    Information for residential aged care providers regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and supporting people living with dementia.
  • Service continuity and emergency events in aged care (source: Australian Government)
    This information details how preparing for emergencies can help lessen their effect and impact on your ability to provide a service.
  • COVID-19 Consumer Resources (source: Australian Government)
    This range of resources will help consumers understand their options on staying safe, keeping in touch with loved ones and keeping fit and active.
Last updated: 7 September 2020