COVID-19 wrap-up for healthcare services


All information is current as at Monday 1 June.

For up to the minute advice and information, check the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Health websites.


This COVID-19 wrap-up has been prepared by the VHA to help members stay up to date with key advice from State and Commonwealth governments. 

If you have a query that you would like the VHA to follow up with government, please email feedback@vha.org.au and we will work with relevant stakeholders to secure a response.

As Victoria’s response to COVID-19 progresses to the next stage, the VHA is transitioning from a daily COVID-19 wrap-up, to a weekly update. The weekly updates will continue to be published here and via VHA emails, and we will deliver special editions when major news affecting members is released.

For all health services

Action required

  • Victoria’s State of Emergency has been extended to 21 June 2020.
    • Directions from the deputy chief health officer have been updated and should be implemented by services. The updated directions include:
      • Care facilities
      • Hospital visitors
      • Diagnosed persons and close contacts.
  • Victoria has also today eased some restrictions, with more information available here. Services should implement the new restrictions as required.
    From today:

    • Residents of care facilities, including aged care, can have up to two support visits each day. Residents can have a total of two visitors for up to a total of two hours.
    • There can be up to 20 people in a home or in a public place.
    • Restaurants, cafes and pubs can have up to 20 customers dine in.

General

  • The National Health Reform Agreement 2020-25 was announced after the meeting of the National Cabinet at the end of May.
    • An estimated $131.4 billion will fund a demand-driven public-hospital funding model. This includes $34.4 billion in funding to public hospitals from July 1 this year.
    • The agreement includes a funding guarantee to all states and territories to ensure no jurisdiction is left worse off as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and guarantees the Commonwealth’s funding contribution for public hospitals over the next five years.
    • The Australian Government funding contribution for public hospital services in Victoria is estimated to grow to $32.4 billion over the next five years.
  • The National Cabinet will continue post-pandemic. The Prime Minister has announced the Council of Australian Governments will be abolished, with the National Cabinet meeting monthly (via teleconference) to focus on jobs and federation issues. A health sub-committee will be established.

COVID-19 by numbers (as at Monday 1 June)

  • There have been 19 deaths in Victoria due to COVID-19.
  • 1,653 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Victoria.
  • Over 515,000 tests have been conducted in Victoria.
  • In Australia, overall, there have been over 7,202 cases with 103 deaths.

Hospitals

  • Updated directions for hospital visitors have been released, available here, and should be implemented.
  • Updated directions for those diagnosed with COVID-19 have been released, available here, and should be implemented.

Residential aged care

  • Updated directions for care facilities have been released, available here, and should be implemented.
  • The wellbeing check service, provided by the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN), is expanding to support all home care and CHSP recipients who may need social and emotional support.
    • The service was originally introduced in April for older Australians who elected to defer home support services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • This independent OPAN service should be complementary and additional to any contact made to older Australians by their home care or CHSP provider.

Home-care

  • The Department of Health has reiterated that, with the exception of Social Support Group, no CHSP service types should be cancelled or reduced by providers on the grounds of being non-essential during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The wellbeing check service, provided by the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN), is expanding to support all home care and CHSP recipients who may need social and emotional support.
    • The service was originally introduced in April for older Australians that elected to defer home support services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • This independent OPAN service should be complementary and additional to any contact made to older Australians by their home care or CHSP provider.

Community health services

  • Updated directions for those that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 have been released, available here, and should be implemented.