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
COVID-19 will have an increasing impact on health assessments required by the Coal Mine Workers’ Health Scheme (the Scheme). As always the safety and health of coal mine workers is our highest priority and underlying value, but also the safety and health of those in the medical profession and the broader community during this crisis must be considered.
It is expected occupational health screening availability will be impacted and Operators, employers, SSE's and medical practitioners will be assessing the risk of undertaking non-essential services. Resources Safety and Health supports the expert advice from Queensland Health, outlined on their website, and recommends this be considered when scheduling health assessments. It is recognised this may result in the delay of assessments contrary to the requirements of the Scheme. All parties should take a reasonable and risk-based approach to this matter during these extraordinary circumstances.
Operators and employers should assess the risk in consultation with their Appointed Medical Advisers. For example whether a worker with a health condition due for evaluation should continue working in a safety critical role until a health assessment can be undertaken. Any delayed assessments must be conducted as soon as reasonably practicable. More information is available here.
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.
Links to the recording and slides can also be accessed on IOMSC’s website: www.iomsc.net.
ANZSOM State Branch webinars
QLD Branch - 'COVID-19 Update and Q&A’
Presenter: Dr Vichitra Sukumaran, QML Pathology
Dr Sukumaran is a Clinical Microbiologist with QML Pathology and an Infectious Diseases Physician with Metro South Health.
Date: Thursday 2nd April 2020 Time: 7pm - 8pm (AEST) Format: Zoom Webinar (presentation followed by Q&As) Cost: Free for ANZSOM/AFOEM members, $10 non-members
At this stage, this meeting is being conducted for QLD members. Click here for more information.
Other Branches are also planning similar events so watch this space. We will be planning to offer these events nationally.
Wellness Wise Academy / The Safe Step
Webinar - Managing Health and Wellbeing Remotely: 5 key ways leaders can foster a thriving team
As businesses across Australasia action COVID-19 response plans, these times require new ways of leading and supporting employee health and wellbeing. This includes how leaders can quickly and effectively set up their staff for remote working, maintain some level of productivity for their teams, and most importantly look after the physical, mental and social wellness of their people throughout this period of uncertainty and beyond.
Webinar - Working from home
All of Australia is now trying to avoid contact with each other, in order to flatten the curve of new cases of coronavirus infection. With working from home likely to become more the norm, it’s important for employees – and their employers – to work out how this can be done safely.
Date: Wednesday 8th April 2020 Time: 2.30 - 3.30pm (AEST) Cost: AIHS Members: $20.00 + GST, AIHS Corporate Members $20.00 + GST, AIOH / HFESA / NZISM Members $20.00 + GST, Non - Members $65.00 + GST
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'.
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.
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.