ANMF newsflash covid-19

COVID-19 newsflashes and FAQs

What you need to know

Social media has much to offer nurses, midwives and carers during the COVID-19 pandemic. ANMF strongly advises members not to post on social media about what their employer is doing or not doing in relation to COVID-19. This applies equally to public pages and closed, private or secret groups. Instead contact the ANMF Member Assistance for information, guidance and representation.

Nurses, midwives and carers still need to follow your employer's social media policy, NMBA's social media guidelines and we strongly recommend ANMF social media policy.


ANMF's national COVID-19 vaccination position

Nurses, midwives and aged care personal care workers work with vulnerable patients, clients and residents. Required immunisation is reasonable in these settings and part of a range of infection control measures.

ANMF supports required immunisation against COVID-19 for nurses, midwives and personal care workers, unless there is a medical exemption, to protect yourself, your colleagues, your family, your patients and the community.

For the same reasons, ANMF is advocating that there should also be a vaccination requirement of visitors to aged and healthcare services.

Read the Federal ANMF COVID-19 vaccination position statement 

  

ANMF newsflashes and media releases

  1. 26 October 2021:COVID-19 aged care newsflash - Single-site employment update [PDF] or view online
  2. 15 October 2021: COVID-19 aged care newsflash Rapid antigen testing in aged care [PDF] or view online
  3. 12 October 2021: COVID-19 newsflash #60 ANMF secures COVID allowance for nurses and midwives [PDF] or view online
  4. 8 October 2021: COVID-19 newsflash #59  Statewide meeting for Job Reps and HSRs, ANMF COVID payment advocacy, ICU nurses' forums, maternity nurses forums [PDF] or view online 
  5. Statewide meeting for Job Reps and HSRs - Thursday 14 October meeting notice
  6. 30 September 2021: COVID-19 newsflash #58 Vaccination directive issued - all healthcare settings [PDF] or view online
  7. 25 September 2021: COVID-19 newsflash #57 ANMF calls for protester calm and outstanding aged care vaccination rates [PDF] or view online
  8. 21 September 2021: COVID-19 aged care newsflash Single-site restrictions will continue until lower rates of community transmission or view online 
  9. 17 September 2021: COVID-19 newsflash #56 Transport and road closure advice and health unions call on Andrews Government to ensure the health system is not overwhelmed [PDF]  
  10. 15 September 2021: COVID-19 newsflash #55 More mental health services and support for mental health workforce and priority vaccination for healthcare workers' household contacts [PDF] or view online 
  11. 14 September 2021: COVID-19 aged care newsflash Aged care vaccination rates increasing in lead up to 17 September deadline [PDF] or view online
  12. 10 September 2021: COVID-19 newsflash #54 ANMF strongly advocating for members as surge plans implemented [PDF] or view online
  13. 8 September 2021: COVID-19 aged care newsflash COVID-19 vaccination directive issued - all residential aged care facilities [PDF] or read online
  14. 4 September 2021: COVID-19 newsflash #53 Watch out for your colleagues; aged care required vaccination webinar; ANMF calls for more modelling and analysis before re-opening; furloughing guidance [PDF] or view online
  15. 3 September 2021: COVID-19 aged care newsflash Single-site restrictions extended to until 23 September 2021 [PDF] or view online
  16. 25 August 2021: COVID-19 newsflash #52 Vaccine webinars for nurses, midwives and personal care workers; all Victorian health services move to COVID PEAK highest risk rating [PDF] or view online
  17. 23 August 2021: COVID-19 newsflash #51 Vaccination blitz for aged care nurses and personal care workers and stay informed about vaccines [PDF] or view online
  18. 23 August 2021: COVID-19 aged care newsflash – Private and NFP aged care – Aged care single-site restrictions extended to all Victorian residential aged care facilities [PDF] or view online
  19. 19 August 2021: COVID-19 newsflash #50 Restrictions tightened and extended; ANMF welcomes increasing aged care nurses and carer vaccination rate [PDF] or view online
  20. 6 August 2021: COVID-19 aged care newsflash Urgent update - Aged care single-site restrictions extended for Greater Melbourne, Moorabool Shire, City of Greater Geelong, Borough of Queenscliff and Surf Coast Shire AND extended into Golden Plains Shire or view online
  21. 6 August 2021: COVID-19 newsflash #49 Health service risk ratings and vaccines webinar for healthcare workers or view online
  22. 30 July 2021: COVID-19 newsflash #48 Pfizer vaccine dose interval extended, COVID-19 vaccine advice for pregnant women and Deakin wellbeing survey [PDF] or view online
  23. 30 July 2021: COVID-19 aged care newsflash Important update - single-site employment extended Greater Melbourne, Moorabool Shire, City of Greater Geelong, Borough of Queenscliff and Surf Coast Shire [PDF] or view online
  24. 29 July 2021: COVID-19 aged care newsflash Mandatory vaccination update [PDF] or view online 
  25. 29 July 2021: COVID-19 aged care newsflash Single-site employment ending in private aged care [PDF] or view online Information has changed - see 30 July update
  26. 21 July 2021: COVID-19 newsflash Mildura public sector members frequently asked questions 
  27. 20 July 2021: COVID-19 aged care newsflash Aged care single-site restrictions extended to Bass Coast Shire and Rural City of Mildura  
  28. 16 July 2021: COVID-19 aged care newsflash Restrictions on working at more than one aged care site in Greater Melbourne, Moorabool Shire, City of Greater Geelong, Borough of Queenscliff, and Surf Coast Shire
  29. 16 July 2021: COVID-19 newsflash #47  All Victorian metro, regional and rural healthcare services move to COVID ACTIVE (red) or view online
  30. 15 July 2021: COVID-19 newsflash #46  All nurses, midwives and aged care personal care workers now have priority access to Pfizer vaccine at Victorian Government hubs or view online
  31. 6 July 2021: COVID-19 aged care newsflash  Single-site employment ends in private and not-for-profit aged care on 8 July and extended to 30 September in public aged care
  32. 30 June 2021: COVID-19 newsflash #45 ANMF seeking clarification on confusing aged care mandatory vaccination announcement [PDF] or view online
  33. 28 June 2021: COVID-19 student newsflash 6: Taking action to support clinical placements [PDF] or view online 
  34. 18 June 2021: COVID-19 aged care newsflash Single-site employment in Greater Melbourne extended to 8 July 2021 [PDF] or view online 
  35. 8 June 2021:  COVID-19 student newsflash 5: Changes to student clinical placements [PDF] or view online 
  36. 8 June 2021: COVID-19 aged care newsflash Single-site employment in Greater Melbourne extended to June 24 [PDF] or view online 
  37. 4 June 2021: COVID-19 newsflash #44 Private aged care nurses and carers strongly encouraged to get vaccinated, National Cabinet still considering mandatory vaccination [PDF] or view online
  38. 2 June 2021: COVID-19 newsflash #43 Restrictions extended and amended or view online
  39. 2 June 2021 media release Come clean: Morrison Government plan to vaccinate the private aged care workforce seems never on their radar [PDF] or view online
  40. 1 June 2021: COVID-19 aged care newsflash Vaccination blitz [PDF] or view online
  41. 30 May 2021: COVID-19 aged care newsflash Outbreak in private aged care facility highlights the urgent need for testing and vaccine access [PDF] or view online
  42. 30 May 2021 media release Victorian nurses and carers shunned: Scott Morrison fails to protect private aged care [PDF] or view online
  43. 28 May 2021: COVID-19 aged care newsflash Urgent update: restrictions on working at more than one aged care site in Greater Melbourne [PDF] or view online
  44. 27 May 2021: COVID-19 newsflash #42 All Victorian metro, regional and rural healthcare services move to COVID ACTIVE (red) alert [PDF] or view online 
  45. 26 May 2021: COVID-19 newsflash #41 Community transmission - a timely prompt to vaccinate [PDF] or view online
  46. 25 May 2021: COVID-19 newsflash #40 Metropolitan Melbourne health services move to amber alert following community transmission cases [PDF] or view online
  47. 6 May 2021: COVID-19 newsflash #39 Vaccination rollout update [PDF] or view online
  48. 28 April 2021: COVID-19 newsflash #38 Vaccination rollout update [PDF] or view online
  49. 12 April 2021 media release Morrison Government fails nurses [PDF] or view online 
  50. 25 March 2021: COVID newsflash #37 Vaccination information update [PDF] or view online
    COVID-19 vaccination education payment query template letter [Word doc]
  51. 19 March 2021: COVID-19 newsflash #36 Regulator reminds nurses and midwives of their registration obligations; information about the vaccine rollout and vaccine information and resources; private residential aged care vaccine rollout [PDF] or view online    
  52. 26 February 2021: COVID-19 newsflash #35  Return to COVID-safe summer restrictions, PPE guidance updated and vaccine survey
  53. 18 February 2021 (updated 26 February): COVID-19 newsflash #34 COVID-19 vaccination workforce FAQ [PDF] or view online 
  54. 17 February 2021: COVID-19 aged care newsflash: Single site employment in private and not for profit aged care update [PDF] or view online 
  55. 16 February 2021: COVID-19 newsflash #33 COVID-19 vaccination workforce [PDF] or view online 
  56. 13 February 2021: COVID-19 student newsflash 4: Student clinical placements will resume Sunday 14 February [PDF] or view online 
  57. 13 February 2021: COVID-19 newsflash #32 COVID-19 ‘Circuit-breaker’ action restrictions [PDF] or view online  
  58. 10 February 2021: COVID-19 newsflash #31 Important COVID-19 vaccination information [PDF] or view online (NB: released 4 February and revised 10 February)
  59. 9 February 2021: Covid-19 newsflash: single site employment update – public sector extension to 30 June 2021 [PDF] or view online
  60. 20 January 2021: COVID-19 newsflash #30 Heat and working in PPE [PDF] or view online
  61. 18 January 2021: Private aged care COVID-19 newsflash Single site employment update – Brighton, Doveton, Glen Waverley, McKinnon, Mordialloc and Moorabbin [PDF] or view online
  62. 11 January 2021: Private aged care COVID-19 newsflash Re-introduction of single site employment in specific suburbs [PDF] or view online
  63. 31 December 2020: COVID-19 newsflash #29 Victorian health and aged care services are well prepared for new community transmission infections 
  64. 26 December 2020: A letter from the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to aged care workers
  65. 26 December 2020: A letter from the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to healthcare workers  
  66. 23 December 2020: COVID-19 newsflash #28 -  Greater Sydney and NSW Central Coast declared a red zone; updated PPE and infection control guidance; fit testing underway; third aged care workforce retention payment; insurance for students on clinical placement [PDF] or view online
  67. 13 November 2020: COVID-19 newsflash -  Funding for single site employment will cease 30 November [PDF] or view online
  68. 13 November 2020: COVID-19 newsflash - New aged care infection control lead role [PDF] or view online
  69. 10 November 2020: COVID-19 newsflash #27 - Infection control guidelines revised [PDF] or view online
  70. 9 November 2020: Private aged care COVID-19 Newsflash - Single site employment update [PDF] or view online
  71. 22 October 2020: COVID-19 newsflash #26 - DHHS updates PPE guidance, skincare advice to prevent and manage mask and eyewear facial injuries 
  72. EVENT - 25 and 27 November 2020 Promoting your health and wellbeing during COVID-19 webinars
  73. 14 October 2020: COVID-19 newsflash - Private aged care COVID-19 Newsflash single site employment extended to 30 Nov [PDF] or view online 
  74. Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria 'I'm only human' campaign - take the self-care quiz and find out how this free, confidential service can support you 
  75. 13 October 2020: COVID-19 newsflash #25 - New patient and resident hygiene guidelines; take the NMHPV self-care quiz; best practice approaches for safe staff amenities for health services; asymptomatic testing for aged care workers [PDF] or view online 
  76. 9 October 2020: COVID-19 newsflash -  Victorian public sector aged care and Commonwealth private sector aged care - single site employment update [PDF] or view online
  77. 28 September 2020: COVID-19 newsflash #24 - New Health Minister and healthcare worker infection prevention update [PDF] or view online 
  78. 25 September 2020: COVID-19 student newsflash #3 -  AHPRA registration and clinical placement WorkCover claims [PDF] or view online
  79. 9 September 2020: COVID-19 newsflash - New healthcare worker data dashboard; healthcare workers must feel free to speak up about reducing risk; ignore misleading WorkCover advice; ANMF supports cautious re-opening plan [PDF] or view online
  80. 8 September 2020: COVID-19 newsflash - Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire - Single site employment update – extended to 26 October 2020 [PDF] or view online
  81. 7 September 2020: media release - ANMF supports cautious and steady re-opening to protect healthcare workforce [pdf] or view online
  82. 2 September 2020: COVID-19 newsflash - CityLink toll credit for frontline workers; be part of the nursing and midwifery exhibition; fast-tracked WorkCover claims extends to personal care workers; state of emergency extension bill passes Upper House; how to raise an issue with your aged care retention bonus payment [PDF] or view online
  83. 27 August 2020: COVID-19 newsflash - Healthcare worker COVID-19 infection data; measures to prevent further transmission; WorkCover claims expedited; ANMF masks for members; and nurses and midwives urged to provide NMBA feedback on recency of practice changes [PDF] or view online
  84. 27 August 2020: COVID-19 newsflash Final year clinical placements will be prioritised; ANMF seeks clarification on WorkCover claim entitlements for students on clinical placement [PDF] or view online
  85. 26 August 2020 media release Data shows protecting healthcare workers is more complex than PPE supply [PDF]
    DHHS data document Protecting our healthcare heroes
  86. 26 August 2020: COVID-19 newsflash - Private aged care single site employment update PDF or view online
    Case studies: for private aged care employees and providers [PDF] or view online
  87. 25 August 2020: media release ANMF calls on Opposition and crossbenchers to back state of emergency law [PDF] or view online. Also view VUA media release 25 August 2020: Victorian Ambulance Union supports extending state of emergency provision.
  88. 24 August 2020: COVID-19 newsflash ANMF advocates for uncontested WorkCover claims and calls for further healthcare worker protection measures; maternity services water immersion advice updated; MCH nurse plan to respond to midwifery workforce shortages [PDF]
    ANMF seeks presumptive rights - letter to Attorney-General and Minister for Workplace Safety Jill Hennessy 
  89. 23 August 2020: COVID-19 newsflash Important information for nursing and midwifery student members [PDF] or online view
  90. 18 August 2020: COVID-19 newsflash MCH uplift action plan to respond to midwifery workforce shortages [PDF] or view online
  91. 17 August 2020: COVID-19 newsflash  COVID workforce survey; increase to test isolation payment; PPE; Workcover [PDF] 
  92. 12 August 2020: media release - National survey: assessing the impact of COVID-19 on nurses, midwives and carers [PDF] or view online
  93. 10 August 2020: COVID-19 newsflash All health and aged care services must follow new PPE guidelines - seek ANMF support and advice if you have a PPE concern; more support for nurses, midwives and carers [PDF] or view online
  94. 9 August 2020: media release - Further support for nurses, midwives and carers is a phone call away [PDF] or view online
  95. 5 August 2020: A message from the Victorian Premier and Health Minister to nurses, midwives and carers 
  96. 4 August 2020: COVID-19 newsflash  ANMF welcomes new restrictions designed to ease pressure on hospitals and aged care [PDF] or view online
  97. 3 August 2020: COVID-19 newsflash - URGENT UPDATE aged care employment matters [PDF] or view online
  98. 28 July 2020: COVID-19 newsflash - URGENT UPDATE Paid pandemic leave [PDF] view online
  99. 27 July 2020: COVID-19 newsflash - URGENT UPDATE Restrictions on working at more than one aged care site [PDF]
  100. 23 July 2020: COVID-19 newsflash - $300 workers support payment while isolating and waiting for test results; support for nurses, midwives and carers; and surge preparations [PDF] or view online
  101. 22 July 2020: COVID-19 newsflash - Restrictions on working at more than one aged care site frequently asked questions [PDF] or view online
  102. 20 July 2020: COVID-19 newsflash - Further aged care COVID-19 announcements [PDF] or view online
  103. 16 July 2020: COVID-19 newsflash - ANMF seeking special leave for aged care nurses and carers; Federal Government directs all aged care workers to wear masks; ANMF raises roadblock delay issues [PDF] or view online
  104. 15 July 2020: COVID-19 newsflash - Victorian private and not-for-profit aged care sector [PDF] or view online
  105. 14 July 2020: media release ANMF has urgent pandemic aged care to do list for the Federal Government
  106. 9 July 2020: COVID-19 newsflash - PPE advice revised as stage 3 restrictions re-introduced in metro Melbourne and Mitchell Shire [PDF] or view online
  107. 25 June 2020: COVID-19 newsflash - private-for-profit, not-for-profit and public sector aged care members - Ask your employer to confirm your aged care retention bonus application
  108. 19 June 2020: COVID-19 newsflash - Aged care members should ask their employer to confirm retention bonus application; elective surgery guidance; PPE resource for mental health services; extra funding for nurses’ and midwives’ wellbeing; ANMF Education Centre Zoom seminars

    Eligible aged care members should use this aged care retention bonus template letter to ask their employer to confirm they have applied for the payment on their behalf. See COVID-19 newsflash above for details.
     
  109. 12 June 2020: How to access the aged care retention payment; MCH face-to-face appointments resume; finance and super webinars; ANMF Education Centre Zoom seminars [PDF] or view online 
  110. 29 May 2020: COVID-19 newsflash - DHHS closes surge workforce register; mental health royal commission given extension; wellbeing grants for mental health and AOD nurses; new PPE guidance; ANMF Education Centre June Zoom seminars [PDF] or view online
  111. 22 May 2020: COVID-19 newsflash - COVID-19 memorial roll, bank nurses and midwives, membership fee freeze, and visiting aged care [PDF] or view online
  112. 12 May 2020: COVID-19 newsflash - Watch our COVID-19 Nurses Vigil, restrictions, casual aged care nurses and carers retention payment [PDF] or view online 
  113. 1 May: COVID-19 newsflash - Vigil to honour overseas nurses, all nurses, midwives and carers encouraged to get tested for COVID-19, large PPE deliveries expected and the COVIDsafe app [PDF] or view online
  114. 23 April: COVID-19 newsflash -  Bank staff to receive back pay for lost average weekly hours, its now easier for employers to vary your EBA, surge workforce plannings means Victoria is unlikely to need temporary ratio law change [PDF] or view online
  115. 21 April: COVID-19 newsflash - Important flu vaccination information for members working in aged care [PDF] or online view
  116. 16 April: COVID-19 newsflash - Testing expanded, no single-use PPE should be re-used or saved, nursing student employment model, immunisation service and HITH guidance and more mental health funding [PDF] or online view
  117. 8 April: COVID-19 newsflash - ANMF Easter opening hours, free hotel accommodation, aged care worker retention payments, registration renewal CPD requirements relaxed and new clinical assessment online modules for members [PDF] or online view
  118. 5 April: media release Health worker alternative accommodation initiative welcomed [PDF] or online view and Victorian Government media release
  119. 2 April: COVID-19 newsflash - COVID-19 surge workforce strategies, a social media reminder and a guide to help you stay safe [PDF]
  120. 27 March: COVID-19 newsflash - advice for pregnant members, elective surgery wind back and COVID-19 social media advice [PDF]
  121. 24 March: Message from Lisa Fitzpatrick, ANMF (Vic Branch) Secretary
  122. 23 March: Primary and secondary school nursing programs: guidance procedures for working with COVID-19 [PDF]
  123. 20 March: COVID-19 changes to ANMF (Vic Branch) operations [PDF]
  124. 13 March: COVID-19 employment-related matters [PDF]

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Employment law and COVID-19 information 

ANMF lawyers Gordon Legal have published COVID-19 employment advice on their website. Please note ANMF members do not need to pay the fee mentioned at the bottom of their FAQs. ANMF members, have access to legal advice, if required, via their membership fees. If you have a COVID-19 employment issue contact ANMF via Member Assistance in the first instance.

 

Federal ANMF information

Retention Bonus Information Sheet (Updated 1 September) Specific information on the Retention Bonus: $234.9m will be dispersed as payments to eligible workers in residential care and home care during COVID-19 to help retain them in the workforce.

Aged Care Support Information Sheet (Updated 1 September) Direct support measures announced by Federal Government for aged care providers including key points for aged care workers and a summary of information from the Federal Government. The 25 August update includes details of the Australian Government scaling up aged care support programs in Victoria and across Australia with an additional $171.5 million to boost a new COVID-19 response plan agreed by all states and territories.

federal ANMF has published evidence briefs, guidelines, fact sheets and more

 

Occupational health and safety

In response to members queries we have developed this guide to assist you in relation to returning home from work after a shift. The key is to always wash your hands and the items you use (like keys, lanyard, etc).

Don't bring it home

You can download Protocols for entering your home and minimising the risk of infection A4 PDF poster for your workplace.

 

COVID-19 Nurses Vigil

COVID-19 nurses vigil