The coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to change rapidly. A coordinated health sector response is working to contain the infection, identify cases and prevent transmission of disease in healthcare environments, Victoria and nationally. Cabrini is following all Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Commonwealth and other official guidelines and recommendations.
For regular updates and resources, including fact sheets and FAQs, please refer to the below DHHS webpages:
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below:
you should not attend work until well.
Use the DHHS self-assessment tool for risk of coronavirus.
Standard Infection Control precautions, including hand hygiene, are the best way to reduce infection and/or transmission.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Training Sessions
To ensure staff are confident with their personal protective equipment and decision making about personal protective equipment in the context of COVID-19 a number of education sessions have been arranged. There will be more sessions released shortly.
We have coordinated sessions for medical staff who work in ICU, theatres and the emergency department. This training has been tailored for speciality areas and high-risk procedures and follows the Safe Airway Society principles of airway management and tracheal intubation and Cabrini’s Personal Protective Equipment – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Policy.
Further medical training
A COVID Intubation video resource has been developed to support medical staff. The video has been adapted from the Consensus Statement: Safe Airway Society Principles of Airway Management and Tracheal Intubation, specific to the COVID-19 adult patient group, to guide ongoing training.
The DHHS has updated its fact sheet on the rational use of personal protective equipment and laboratory testing. This now includes social distancing of 1.5 metres. Please see the document here (titled Rational use of Personal Protective Equipment and Laboratory Testing Factsheet (COVID-19), under the ‘Resources for health professionals’ tab).
COVID-19 testing clinic for Cabrini staff
From Monday 30 March, Cabrini will be running a COVID-19 testing clinic for staff. The clinic will be open to all Cabrini staff and visiting medical officers for testing for COVID-19, in line with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) testing criteria. You can view the testing criteria on the DHHS website (under the dropdown Current Victorian coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case definition):
Cabrini COVID-19 staff testing clinic hours (appointments are not required):
Weekdays: 7 am – 6 pm
Weekends: 8 am – 4 pm
For more information, please call the Cabrini staff testing clinic on (03) 9508 8667 (between 8am – 4pm).
Advice for returned travellers
In line with the DHHS advice released on 15 March, as of midnight 15 March 2020, any person arriving in Australia from overseas must self-isolate for 14 days. Any travellers returning from any country outside Australia should now be considered at risk.
To minimise the risk of infection transmission for our patients, staff, residents and community, visitors are now further restricted. Please access evolving information on visitors on the dedicated coronavirus page of the website: www.cabrini.com.au/coronavirus/
Malvern hospital changes to entry and exit points
As part of Cabrini’s coronavirus containment strategy, we have reduced the number of entry and exit points at Cabrini Malvern. These changes apply to all staff, patients, visitors, suppliers and any other members of the community entering the building. Smaller sites have also been asked to implement changes to their facilities, so there is only one entry/exit point.
From Tuesday 23 March, all hospital access is through the main entrance at 183 Wattletree Road. This entrance will close, as per normal procedure, at 8 pm each night. Access after this time will be via ED, using the intercom. Cabrini staff are located at this entrance, to help implement visitor restrictions.
Relocation of outpatient services
We have relocated the majority of our outpatient services (rehabilitation outpatients and Cabrini Allied Health Centre) to our Glenhuntly Road site, as part of our coronavirus containment strategy.
The relocation allows us to operate a stand-alone outpatient service and to further reduce the number of people accessing our hospitals, to minimise the risk of infection for patients and staff. The move has also provided some additional capacity at Malvern.
Cabrini is continuing to offer a range of services (hospital, home and telehealth-based), to best meet the needs of our patients while ensuring our patients, families and staff are safe. We will be accepting new outpatient referrals and staff should continue referring patients to outpatient services at this time.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Staff are encouraged to access our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which is a free and confidential service for you and your immediate family, for further support. You can access our EAP on 1800 818 728.
Access EAP remains available to provide support services to Cabrini staff at this time. From Monday 23 March, all Access EAP support services are being provided via phone, online and video conference, in line with social distancing guidelines. Access EAP will continue providing all services, including critical incident, immediate support and training sessions. Several online resources are also available: