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.
Latest news & resources for the occupational health workforce
ANZSOM Webinar - COVID-19: A roadmap to getting back to the workplace safely
Organisations big and small have been turning their minds to returning to work after COVID-19 lockdown and to adjusting to the “new normal”. You will hear from two ANZSOM members, Sally Kane and Sandra Code, who have been instrumental in planning and managing the COVID-19 responses in their respective organisations – one a large transport operation in Victoria, the other a multinational research, development and production company.
Date: Wednesday 29th July 2020 Time: 7.30pm (AEST) Cost: Free for ANZSOM/AFOEM members, $25 for non-members (you will be sent a Trybooking link after you register)
Diversity Council Australia - Exploring the impacts of COVID-19 on Indigenous people and work
At DCA’s next Building Workplace Capability for Indigenous Australia Network, brought to you in partnership with BAE Systems Australia, we will hear from prominent Indigenous representatives from government, corporate and community to discuss the challenges and impacts that COVID-19 is having on Indigenous people at work, including:
The complexities of juggling work and community obligations during this time
How Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander people maintained connection to Country during lockdown
Ways employers can better support their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees including improving organisational cultural competency
How COVID-19 has exacerbated existing inequalities
Lessons of resilience from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experience
A case study of an organisation boosting attraction and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander talent during the pandemic.
Date: Wednesday 15th July Time: 2pm - 3.30pm (AEST)
ANZ-Melbourne Institute - Health Sector Report Launch Webinar
Learn about the latest evidence on the effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on doctors’ working patterns, mental health and finances.
This report launch webinar will present new evidence and insights on how doctors have responded to the pandemic and in what ways our frontline medical workforce has been supported, from the Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL) COVID-19 Short Online Survey.
Date: Thursday 16th July 2020 Time: 12pm - 1pm (AEST)
This series of webinars is by the Irish Global Health Network and ESTHER Alliance for Global Health Partnerships. It will focus on healthcare professionals and overseas staff working in Global Health in the era of COVID-19. These webinars will be held each Friday and will host experts to discuss several COVID-19 topics that concern health professionals working in global health. Topics over the weeks will include but not limited to:
Essential preparations for individual work in global health
How to assess the risks related to travel and international meetings
How to collaborate and support your partners
How to protect your staff
Donor related issues
Social inclusion and protection of vulnerable populations
Voices and perspectives from Lower-Middle income countries
There will be a questions and answers session with attendees to conclude the webinar, please send us your questions in advance to: email@example.com
Upcoming dates/times (AEST):
17th July 2020, 10:00 PM
7th August 2020, 10:00 PM
21st August 2020, 10:00 PM
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.
COVID-19 has changed the world as we know it. But as infection rates begin to slow and restrictions lift to allow businesses to re-open, your organization may be facing a significant challenge: how can you ensure an efficient return to work process while also ensuring your employees are protected?
To ensure your workforce can get back on the job safely, our certified occupational health, safety, and infectious disease experts have created this resource kit to help streamline your return to work process.