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Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update 23 October 2020


Grief and trauma support webinar

The Government has recently announced the organisations to deliver a grief and trauma package to support those touched by COVID-19 in the aged care sector. The Older Person’s Advocacy Network (OPAN) is hosting a webinar to introduce the providers of the $12.4 million package. The webinar will present what supports are available for aged care recipients, their loved ones and aged care staff and how to access services.

Representatives of each organisation delivering the package will talk you through the support their organisation can offer.

The webinar will cover:

  • The varying ways in which COVID-19 may have impacted mental health
  • The different ways grief and trauma may feel (and look)
  • The grief and trauma services that are available to support aged care recipients, their loved ones and aged care staff
  • What trauma informed care is and how aged care facilities can access training and resources
  • The support and services available for carers and aged care providers of people living with dementia
  • How to access these support services.

Joining OPAN on the panel will be:

  • Marie Alford – Dementia Support Australia
  • Associate Professor Andrea Phelps – Phoenix Australia
  • Chris Hall – The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement.

There will be the opportunity to ask panellists questions during the webinar via a live Q&A function. You can also submit a question in advance when you register for this event.

The webinar is on Wednesday 28 October 2020, 3pm to 4pm AEDT.

The webinar will be recorded and available on the OPAN website for viewing if you cannot attend on the day.


Guide to buying PPE for COVID-19

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources has developed a guide to assist organisations when purchasing PPE for COVID-19. It is designed to provide information on PPE and factors to be aware of when buying PPE.

The four-page guide covers key information consumers need to know when purchasing PPE, including:

  • Information on how PPE is regulated
  • Information on common types of PPE and how they are used
  • Tips to avoid fraud
  • Information on consumer rights
  • Information on WHS duties.

The guide also contains information on national, state and territory portals that have been established to help connect buyers and sellers of PPE. While these may assist you in finding new suppliers, it is important to conduct your own due diligence when deciding to purchase PPE.

The guide is not intended to replace information from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Safe Work Australia or other health authorities.


Nutrition for seniors

Senior Australians have been encouraged to maintain a healthy diet as the COVID-19 pandemic changes the way we live, work, study and socialise.

As part of National Nutrition Week, the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Richard Colbeck, has urged people of all ages to eat well to boost their immunity and overall health.

He said this is particularly important for senior and vulnerable Australians.

“Eating well is at the foundation of our individual health but this can be challenging for many people during such difficult times,” Minister Colbeck said.

Minister Colbeck praised the efforts of meal delivery services like Meals on Wheels, which plays a crucial role in supporting the health and wellbeing of over 200,000 older Australians across 592 service locations.

View the Minister’s media release.


ACQSC translated resources

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has a range of translated resources available to assist aged care providers, the aged care workforce and aged care recipients.

The video How to stay safe from COVID-19 is available in 15 different languages. It aims to help older Australians and aged care service users understand the steps they can take to keep themselves safe during the current pandemic, including basic hygiene and physical distancing.

The poster What to expect during a COVID-19 outbreak is also available in 15 languages and is designed to help residents understand what to expect in a COVID-19 outbreak, when a number of changes will be made very quickly.

These resources are in addition to a range of translated resources on the Department of Health’s website.

Aged care providers and staff are reminded of the need to consult relevant state and territory guidelines, as well as federal advice.

Unknown Author, 2020, Department of Health

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