Important information about coronavirus

What you need to know

COVID-19 information

This page provides members with direct links to the official federal and Victorian health department coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and information.

If your COVID-19-related inquiry is not answered by the documents on this page please complete a Member Assistance online form. ANMF will only answer these inquiries via the online form to ensure we provide consistent and and systematic advice and information.

The information in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance note on employment related matters provides details regarding workforce and employment entitlement issues that are available thus far for the public health sector (acute, community health, aged care and mental health).

ANMF is also awaiting confirmation that the same approach will be taken across all government departments including school nurses and maternal and child health nurses and immunisation nurses.

ANMF has written to all private acute health service providers raising members’ issues and concerns and seeking that a consistent approach is taken to entitlements and particularly when ‘special paid leave’ applies.

In relation to private aged care, Federal ANMF is working with its Branches to request the Federal Government provide the same entitlements as the Victorian Government. We are seeking all employers across Victoria take a uniform approach to look after staff and patients, based on the Andrews Government’s plan.

All travellers returning from any country to Australia are considered at risk of COVID-19 and will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. A travel ban is in place for all Australians effective 25 March 2020. Check the Commonwealth Government's Smartraveller website for more details.

ANMF members are fortunate to have an understanding of infection control principles through their education and the accreditation standards by which their health facilities are measured. The community will be looking to nurses, midwives and personal carers to provide guidance and reassurance.

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. 

 

This page was last updated 6.07pm, 13 April 2020

 

The facts about covid-19

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.

Department of Health covid-19 information

Department of Health (Commonwealth Government)

Department of Health alerts, training modules and other resources

Other information

Other COVID-19-related information

Other COVID-19-related information from NMBA, AHPRA, the World Health Organisation and Centre for Disease Control (CDC)

ANMF newsflash covid-19

ANMF covid-19 newsflashes and member information

Read ANMF newsflashes and get answers to frequently asked questions

RUSON employment model

RUSON Employment Model

RUSONs can only undertake activities that have been delegated and supervised by a registered nurse in accordance with the NMBA Registered nurse standards for practice (2016) and Delegation and Supervision Guidelines for Victorian nurses and midwives (DHS, 2014)

DHHS COVID-19 workforce register

Department of Health and Human Services workforce register

The Department of Health and Human Services is still taking registrations of interest. If you have already filled out the ANMF form, we have provided your details to the department.

Self care information for nurses, midwives and carers

Self-care resources for members

Resources for self-care collated by ANMF (Vic Branch) and Nursing & Midwifery Health Program Victoria (NMHPV)

ANMF member assistance

Contact ANMF (Vic Branch) member assistance

ANMF (Vic Branch) is only able to answer covid-19-related inquiries via this form to ensure we provide consistent and systematic advice and information

Join ANMF Vic Branch

Join ANMF (Vic Branch)

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