Aged Care


Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and information for the aged care sector

Residential Aged Care Facilities Workplace guidelines

The COVID-19 Case and outbreak management framework for Tasmanian settings provides regulatory guidelines to RACFs to support their healthcare workers, residents, families and visitors to prepare for, prevent and manage cases and outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Plus, the COVID-19 Outbreaks in Residential Aged Care Facilities Toolkit to support planning, preparedness and response is a practical ‘how to’ guide for aged care providers to meet the regulatory requirements.

These documents are updated regularly. Updates are highlighted in yellow throughout the Plan.

Additionally, there is COVID Safe Workplace Guidelines AGED CARE INDUSTRY

Visitors in residential aged care

There are several factsheets available for residential aged care providers, staff, workers, visitors and contractors. This information aligns with Tasmanian Government directions and Commonwealth Government recommendations regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) for the residential aged care sector.

Prevention, preparedness and response

This factsheet guides residential aged care facilities on what to do if a resident, staff member or worker has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), or who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19):

This fact sheet describes the steps you should take in the first 24 hours following the identification of a COVID-19 positive case.

We wish to advise that the Outbreak Management Planning guidance has been published on the Commission’s website. The following link Outbreak management planning in aged care will direct you to the document. The guidance also forms part of the brief of information that has been provided to Ministers Hunt and Colbeck that will be tabled in Parliament in response to the Royal Commission.

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

PPE factsheets

PPE stock levels estimator for RACFs

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC), the Infection Control Expert Group (ICEG) and the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA), have developed information emphasising the importance of correct PPE usage during a COVID-19 outbreak. While these resources provide valuable information, there is little to assist RACFs in estimating and/or understanding the amount of PPE they should keep on hand in preparation for, or for use in, an outbreak.

The Aged Care Emergency Operations Centre (ACEOC) has developed a PPE Estimator Tool to assist in planning and preparing for a COVID-19 outbreak.

PPE and infection control training for residential aged care workers

Workers are encouraged to complete an online training course before attending face to face training.

The Commonwealth Department of Health has online training for care workers across all health care settings, including aged care. This training covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Additionally, the Tasmanian DoH has produced a series of short, self-directed educational videos on basic infection prevention and control topics and principles.

These videos are available: