During this challenging time, ANZSOM is committed to providing members with up to date resources and information regarding COVID-19 to assist their practice and to reduce the impact on workplaces and workers. Below are some resources and information that you may find useful. State branches and other organisations are also holding webinars and online training in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, which are also listed below.
Urgent help needed: Victorian public health response to COVID-19 – Occupational Medicine call out
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are seeking expressions of interest of appropriately qualified and experienced Occupational Medicine Physicians to support the Victorian public heath response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Working as part of the public health team within DHHS in the area of Physical Distancing and starting as soon as possible, the key activities of these staff will be to:
Contribute to policy and strategy responding to issues in the various fields of activity to prevent COVID-19 transmission (including occupational medicine, infection control and physical distancing in workplace settings).
Respond to requests for medical and policy advice in different and evolving categories of need (particularly related to occupational health and physical distancing).
Inform industries and workplaces of appropriate measures to be established in preparation for, and in subsequent implementation of, relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions.
DHHS are seeking expressions of interest from medical staff with particular skills in Occupational Medicine and Public Health Medicine. Fellowship with the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, or currently training in Occupational Medicine, would be viewed favourably.
There will be the potential for full-time or part-time work, as well as weekend work options. Funding to cover pro-rata salary costs will be provided as necessary.
For those wishing to express interest, please contact Christiaan O’Dea on 0427 320 549, or email email@example.com including “DHHS Occupational Medicine Officer (Physical Distancing)” in the subject line and with a word document attachment outlining:
Contact details – email and mobile phone
Summary of relevant professional qualifications/training/work experience
Weekday and weekend availability
Latest news & resources for the occupational health workforce
During this Q&A session, Wes O'Donnell, National Workplace Relations Manager (FCB Group) will discuss the things you need to be thinking about as we plan for a transition back to business. In this session we will be looking at what a “safe” workplace must look like, some pitfalls that employers must be on the look out for and emerging issues surrounding your compliance obligation under the newly amended Fair Work Act.
Date: Wednesday 20th May 2020 Time: 10.00AM - 11.00AM (AEST) Cost: AuSAE members free, Non-members $29.00
This webinar recording is brought to you by the International Occupational Medicine Society Collaborative (IOMSC), a medical and scientific organisation that provides an assembly for representatives of occupational and environmental medicine societies worldwide. ANZSOM is a member of the IOMSC.
Occupational health measures in the preparedness and response to COVID-19 at the workplace
This webinar was delivered live on 23rd March 2020. It provides an overview of WHO’s recommendations for preparedness and response to COVID-19 at the workplace, as well as, perspectives from the United States and the corporate private sector.
A recording of the full webinar is available here.
Answers to the questions that were asked are available here.
Links to the recording and slides can also be accessed on IOMSC’s website: www.iomsc.net.
Department of Health online learning
COVID-19 Infection Control Training
The Department of Health is offering COVID-19 online training for care workers across all sectors including health, aged care and disability. You can access the new online Infection Control Training Module: 'How to protect yourself and the people you are caring for from infection with COVID-19'.
In response to the global crisis the World Continuing Education Alliance (WCEA) is distributing Coronavirus courses from some of the world’s leading education providers. The content is being provided free of charge to all registered healthcare professionals around the world.
The courses are delivered through Android and iOS Apps to your phone. To access the courses please register for an account at https://wcea.education/covid/. Once registered, you will be emailed an account login and a link to download the App.
Information and resources from Federal and State Health Departments
All Departments of Health have COVID-19 pages that are frequently updated and contain practical resources and information for clinicians. The pages are updated daily so save to your favourites and subscribe to updates where available. Social media feeds are also available.
Information and resources from Safework Australia and WorkSafe/WorkCover
Safe Work Australia - Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for Employers Safe Work Australia has published updated information for employers on managing the risks from COVID-19. The Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for Employers web page includes information on what an employer should do to protect workers and others at a workplace. It includes a range of information about working from home.
Including, information about what ANZSOM members are doing and how you can help
WHO Survey on health and safety of health workers in COVID-19
You are invited to complete the following survey, developed by an international group of experts convened by WHO and ILO, to collect data about risk factors and their controls for health and safety of health workers in COVID-19.
Challenges and opportunities for occupational medicine
During the COVID-19 pandemic, our healthcare workers are in urgent need of occupational health services and advice. Dr Peter Connaughton, Occupational Physician, describes the challenges and the opportunities for occupational medicine.
AHPRA calls on retired and non-practising healthcare workers
With healthcare worker shortages anticipated across Australia, AHPRA is calling on retired and non-practising workers to rejoin the workforce. They are working with health departments and others to prioritise registration for medical practitioners, nurses, midwives, paramedics and pharmacists as a matter of urgency.
The purpose of the COVID-19 module is to allow people to report either a suspicion of or actual COVID-19 illness. It is designed to facilitate effective communications to HR and provide advice to affected individuals based on government guidelines.
Click here to watch a webinar on the COVID-19 Reporting Module, provided by myosh.
NOTE: The above information is provided to support connections between members and does not reflect an endorsement of specific activities by ANZSOM.