Drake Medox are monitoring the global COVID-19 situation and are working through what that means for our business in this ever-changing landscape. The health and safety of our employees, as well as our clients and candidates are of the utmost importance to us, so we need to ensure that precautionary measures are taken.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call our Drake Medox branches directly or call our national number 1300 360 070.

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Hand sanitizers have been to each client’s home to support infection control.

Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1.5 metres distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Why? If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth.

Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately. Follow the hand and hygiene guidelines distributed throughout our client’s homes.

Stay home
We all need to do our part to reduce the spread by reducing our community exposure. Only essential outings such as work, groceries and exercise are important.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority, and notify your Medox consultant immediately.

Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority on COVID-19. There is a new APP released from the Government called Coronavirus Australia, please download.

 

FAQ

How are we Limiting Exposure and Spread?

We are liaising with Allied Health teams, medical professionals and families of clients to mitigate risks for each client which includes reducing community exposure, social distancing, and improving infection control regime for specific ‘high risk’ clients.  All candidates must also complete some  additional screening in the interview process using a COVID-19 Health Questionnaire and Risk Assessment.

What if a staff member becomes unwell or symptomatic, concerned they have come in contact with a COVID-19 positive, or suspected COVID-19 person?

If a staff member becomes unwell or symptomatic, concerned they have come in contact with a COVID-19 positive, or suspected COVID-19 person. The instructions are as follows:

  • Step 1 - Contact their consultant immediately on 1300 360 070
  • Step 2 - The Drake Medox consultant will instruct them to call the COVID-19 hotline for their respective state (VIC 1800 675 398). This hotline will assist in screening the staff member and give appropriate advice.
  • Step 3 - If the staff member is told to self-quarantine for safety; the staff member will call their consultant and Drake Medox will work on replacing their remaining shifts with the client until further notice.
  • Step 4 - All affected parties will be informed.

What if a staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the instructions are:

  • Step 1 - Contact Drake Medox consultant immediately on 1300 360 070
  • Step 2 - Drake Medox will advise them to self-quarantine immediately.
  • Step 3 - Drake Medox will inform the client, NOK/Guardian, the funding provider immediately.
  • Step 4 - Inform every staff member on the program and advise to self-quarantine until further notice.
  • Step 5 – Drake Medox will attempt to provide a replacement team to provide continuation of care to the client, however, this will be determined after seeking advice from relevant government authorities. In the event that we provide a new support team, they may or may not be known to the client.
  • Step 6 – If Government authorities advise to self- isolate all parties, refer to client hospital protocol
  • Step 7 – If Hospital admission is unavailable, family support will be required.

Drake Medox will continue to support the client and their families in quarantine and liaise with Allied Health teams to monitor their conditions and symptoms closely.

What happens if a client becomes unwell or symptomatic, concerned they have come in contact with a COVID-19 positive, or suspected COVID-19 person?

The instructions are as follows:

  • Step 1 - Contact the Drake Medox consultant immediately on 1300 360 070
  • Step 2 – Drake Medox will instruct client to call the COVID-19 hotline for their respective state (VIC 1800 675 398). This hotline will assist in screening the client and give appropriate advice.
  • Step 3- If the client is informed to self-quarantine, they will call their Drake Medox immediately.
  • Step 4 – Drake Medox will inform NOK/Guardian, staff, funding provider, allied health team and provide an update. Each client may have individual emergency quarantine plans however, in the cases where the client has informal supports such as family & friends to assist in their care – the family will then provide support to the client in their homes.

Drake Medox will continue to support the client and their families in quarantine and liaise with Allied Health teams to monitor their conditions and symptoms closely.

What happens if the client tests positive for COVID-19?

  • Step 1 - Contact the Drake Medox consultant immediately on 1300 360 070
  • Step 2 – Drake Medox will inform NOK/Guardian, staff, funding provider, allied health team and provide an update.
  • Step 3 - Each client will have an individual emergency quarantine plan specific to their needs.

What If the client does not have an informal supports?

In the event the client does not have any informal supports – Drake Medox will work with the funding agency and the client to transition into a hospital setting if appropriate and necessary.

Will I get paid sick leave if Im sick?

Casuals previously were also entitled to the Sickness Allowance under Centrelink if they were ill or forced to isolate due to Coronavirus but this ceased on 20 March 2020.   Sickness Allowance has now been replaced by Jobseeker Allowance.  This applies to casual employees who are unable to attend work due to Coronavirus.   

CLICK HERE for information about Government Assistance for Casual Employees.

I am in self-isolation for 14 days due to travel/coming into contact with someone who has travelled. How will my pay be affected?

Depending on whether your job allows you to work remotely, this situation will impact your pay. Casuals previously were entitled to the Sickness Allowance under Centrelink if they were ill or forced to isolate due to Coronavirus but this ceased on 20 March 2020. Sickness Allowance has now been replaced by Jobseeker Allowance.  This applies to casual employees who are unable to attend work due to Coronavirus.   

CLICK HERE for information about Government Assistance for Casual Employees.