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.

Chief Health Officer

Daily update (same link is updated daily)

Victorian Government media releases

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 has provided guidance:

COVID-19 - a guide to the conventional use of PPE - updated 20 April.
COVID-19 - How to put on and take off your PPE - updated 22 April
Members are also encouraged to read the Federal ANMF evidence brief titled COVID-19: personal protective equipment

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

WorkSafe Victoria - infectious diseases guidance for the healthcare sector

ANMF requested WorkSafe Victoria develop specific guidance for the healthcare sector and healthcare workers.
Prevention and management of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19) in the healthcare and social assistance industry

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

Department of Health and Human Services document (updated 15 May). 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 Victorian health sector

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

Department of Health and Human Services factsheets and updates

Victorian immunisation services factsheet for guidance and service delivery models for providing immunisation services 
Maternal and child health service providers COVID-19 update 
Perinatal workplace wellbeing program COVID-19 resources
COVID-19 factsheet for higher-risk health workersCoronavirus disease (COVID-19) – getting tested when you do not have symptoms (asymptomatic testing) What you need to know

Pharmacies employing/engaging nurse immunisers 

DHHS advises pharmacies may employ or engage nurse immunisers who can act under the Nurse Immuniser Secretary Approval to provide immunisation services in the pharmacy or as part of an outreach or mobile vaccination service of the pharmacy or pharmacy depot. However, the nurse immuniser must be a registered nurse, and not an enrolled nurse, and must have completed an approved immunisation training course. The nurse immuniser also needs to have access to a medical practitioner for advice in accordance with the requirements of the Secretary Approval. Pharmacist immunisers cannot supervise nurses or other persons to immunise patients on their behalf.

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.