covid-19 DHHS

Department of Health and Human Services

Victorian State Government

For health services and general practitioners - coronavirus disease (COVID-19) - includes quick reference guide and checklist, guidelines and advice, current COVID-19 case definition, advice for clinicians and health care workers and other fact sheets.

Victorian Government media releases

  1. 5 April Supporting workers on the frontline of coronavirus fight 
  2. 1 April Huge expansion of our health system to fight coronavirus
  3. 31 March Coronavirus update for Victoria 
  4. 30 March Premier announces the commencement of stage 3 restrictions
  5. 25 March Elective surgery wound back to prepare for coronavirus

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

On 19 March 2020 Premier Daniel Andrews announced an extra $22 million of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – including 275 million pairs of gloves, 8.6 million face masks, and 1.7 million gowns to keep workers safe while they help others. This is in addition to the $10 million for PPE previously announced.

Victoria's Chief Health Officer has advised health services to be aware of and follow the World Health Organisation's current coronavirus guidance. The WHO has issued clear guidance on appropriate clinical practices, including guidance on who does NOT need to wear PPE if proper protocols are in place and followed. 

The Department of Health and Human Services Healthcare worker PPE guidance [PDF] - update 30 March.

The Commonwealth Government has also issued guidance on the appropriate and effective use of PPE.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance note on employment-related matters

Department of Health and Human Services document (updated 3 April). ANMF is providing feedback to DHHS in relation to members' issues.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance note on employment related matters

COVID-19 Pandemic Plan for the Victoria Health Sector

The Victorian Government released its four-stage COVID-19 Pandemic Plan for the Victorian Health Sector on 9 March.

Chief Health Officer

  1. Daily update (same link is updated daily)
  2. 15 March (update to alert issued 10 March)
  3. 12 March Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
  4. 11 February (update to alert issued 4 February)

Receive updates to alerts and newsletters

Subscribe to DHHS Coronavirus update newsletter by emailing COVID-19@dhhs.vic.gov.au and DHHS alerts, advisories, newsletters and digests.

Social media

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DHHS workforce register

A big thank you to all the nurses and midwives and retired nurses and midwives who expressed interest in supporting the Victorian health system’s response to COVID-19. The Department of Health and Human Services is still taking registrations of interest - healthworkforceresponse.dhhs.vic.gov.au If you have already filled out the ANMF form, we have provided your details to the department.