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Staff COVID-19 Testing
Staff with symptoms of COVID-19 should stay at home and contact StaffCare to arrange testing.
All staff must phone StaffCare to be triaged and have a booked appointment for their drive through test.
Results will be text to you in 24 hours (weekdays) and up to 48 hours at weekends.
This service is for staff only, StaffCare DO NOT swab family members or the community.
Phone: 4215 3220
- Monday to Friday, 9am – 4.30pm (drive through swabbing starts from 10.30am)
- Weekends - Please call StaffCare for weekend hours as these hours change from week to week.
FAQs and Circulars
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Clinical Services Changes
Staff Influenza Immunisation Program
Barwon Health’s Staff Influenza Immunisation Program has moved to a new model to accommodate social distancing requirements, and has been expedited due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
This year the staff influenza immunisation program has been ‘roving’ with StaffCare nurses visiting different Barwon Health areas each day. StaffCare nurses have covered morning, afternoon and night shifts, targeting the highest risk areas first then expanding to other areas.
The influenza immunisation program has now moved to set session times to accommodate those working from home or on leave.
Staff Payroll Notifications
To assist with social distancing, the payroll team are working remotely. This means all timesheet and payroll related documentation must be emailed to payroll [email protected]. Please ensure STARS exceptions are updated daily.
Workforce Information Circulars
Staff health & wellbeing tips
During this time it is more important than ever to look after our health and wellbeing. The information and resources below have been compiled to help you and your colleagues stay healthy both physically and mentally.
Healthy eating has never been so important. Whether you are still working onsite, or working from home, there are some things that you can do to ensure you eat well:
- Start your day with a balanced breakfast that includes wholegrains, protein and a fruit or vegetable
- Make time for regular breaks during the day and keep some nutritious snacks such as fruit or nuts at your workspace
- Prepare your lunches in advance. This could include cooking on the weekend and having options in the freezer or making extra at dinner so that you can have leftovers for lunch the next day. Alternatively, if you are working from home you may have a little more time and this is a great opportunity to prepare a quick fresh lunch
- At dinner aim to make half the meal vegetables, with some plant or animal protein and some carbohydrates like rice, pasta, quinoa or sweet potato. Use this time as an opportunity to cook, try something new and spend mealtimes with your families
Remember: A nutritious and balanced diet includes eating a variety of foods from the five food groups, drinking at least two litres of water each day, limiting foods and drinks high in added fats, sugar and salt and limiting alcohol intake.
With normal eating patterns potentially impacted by availability of food in the supermarkets and financial changes, the following resources can help to support healthy eating.
- Heart Foundation - Five hearty eating tips for home isolation
- Queensland Government - Food and healthy eating during COVID-19
- GMHBA - Fresh produce home delivery guide – Geelong and surrounds
- Barwon Health Healthy Communities – Tips for eating well during COVID-19
Keeping active is also as important as ever for maintaining our physical and mental health. While our normal exercise routine might be disrupted and we may be reducing our incidental activity, it is still important to aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each day. Enjoy a walk, run or bike ride in your local neighbourhood (remember to keep your social distance), try some new activities around the house or build extra activity into everyday tasks. The following resources provide examples of physical activity that can be done in the home or office.
- Active April - At home workouts
- VicHealth - How exercise can help during coronavirus
- GMHBA - Keeping active at a distance
- Barwon Health Healthy Communities – Tips for staying active during COVID-19
It’s understandable to feel unsettled, overwhelmed, stressed, sad, angry or confused at this time, but there are things that we can all do to help us respond to these feelings in positive and productive ways. There is also help available through a number of services, including our onsite Staff Care service. Some practical tips include:
- Being aware of your thoughts and feelings and focusing on the things that you can control.
- Staying connected with friends, family and colleagues online and by phone.
- Making the most of some of the opportunities that this new situation presents, including spending more time with your direct family.
- Practicing self-care and making time for those activities that you know make you feel good, or trying something new!
- Limiting your alcohol intake
- Seeking help when you need it, through phone services such as Beyond Blue or through our own StaffCare Employee Assistance Program
The following resources provide extra strategies to support mental health and wellbeing.
- Beyond Blue - Work and your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
- Comcare - Responding to uncertainty
- Headspace - Covid-19
- Beyond Blue - Coronavirus mental wellbeing support service
- Barwon Health Healthy Communities – Tips for your mental health during COVID-19
Sleep is vital for our physical and mental health and supporting our immune system. While sleep requirements vary from person to person, most adults should aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per day to function at their best. Stressful situations and worrying can often interrupt our sleep, however, it is important that we continue to prioritise our sleep and health. The following resource may help to reduce worry and improve sleep:
- Sleep Health Foundation - Getting good sleep during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Barwon Health Healthy Communities – Tips for your sleep during COVID-19
Working from Home
The way we work has changed rapidly. While many of us are adapting to remote working and adhering to new guidelines, it is important that employees and employers stay connected. Whether you are working from home or onsite here are five tips to help you and your colleagues stay connected and adapt to a new way of working.
- Maintain your regular work hours and try to stick to a routine
- Establish a dedicated office space and set up your work station so that you can work efficiently and without interruptions
- Set your goals and tasks for the day, as you would on a normal workday, and schedule regular breaks
- Stay connected: self-isolation should not be social isolation – schedule regular online meetings or phone calls with colleagues
- Practice self-care
The following resources can assist you and your colleagues in navigating the shifting environment.
- Headspace - Balancing online schooling and working from home
- Superfriend - Staying motivated when working from home
- Barwon Health Healthy Communities – Tips for working from home during COVID-19
The current environment is rapidly changing and we appreciate that there is a lot of information out there. If you would like further resources from trusted sources that are updated regularly please visit: www.achievementprogram.health.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/workplaces/workplace-resources-cv.html
PPE Guidelines and Donning & Doffing PPE guides
COVID-19 Testing Requirements
Click here to view the COVID-19 testing requirements - April 2020
16 April 2020
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Acute Respiratory Assessment Clinic
Working from home - information for staff
- Working from home during COVID-19 checklist
- COVID-19 Working from Home Agreement
- Working from Home Tips during COVID-19
- Phone meetings - Tips and Tricks
Barwon Health Library services
The library physical space is currently closed but librarians are working from home to continue delivering services. The Library webpage, electronic resources and services are all available to staff offsite - 'Google' 'Barwon Health Library Service' to find our homepage. Register as a Library Member to access the electronic resources. Fill out a Request Form if you require any assistance from the library. Contact the library for more information or assistance.
GP Liaison Unit
Barwon Health's GP Liaison Unit assists GPs with access to hospital services and improve communication between Barwon Health and General Practice.
All COVID-19 training is available on Grow.
Last Modified: Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Questions or concerns about COVID-19?
Victorian Coronavirus hotline
- Ph 1800 675 398
Barwon Health COVID-19 Screening Clinic
- Ph 4215 4445