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Updates-Safe working under Covid19

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Good morning staff, 

I trust that you had a good long weekend. 

Based on the latest health advice as of Thursday 3rd March, all regions in WA have shifted to a Red alert level. With this announcement, a few months ahead will certainly be challenging for everyone. Self care and looking after each other is paramount to get us through these unprecedented times. As a team, we have been very resilient and continued our services over the last two years without much disruptions to our clients and thank you all for your utmost support. However, moving forward from this week, we will continue to provide services to our clients within what’s been recommended under WA red alert. Please keep yourself up-to-date with latest developments and restrictions. 

Please also make sure if you are not well or/and have covid19 like symptoms, please don’t attend work and talk to your GP, and if needed get yourself tested for Covid19. 

What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

RAT testing will be utilised as appropriate and reasonable within our means for all staff and all positive test results must be reported to both the Department of Health and Arche Health.

  • Step1:  Notify Issa immediately of your result – contact your line manager for non-attendance at work due to the test result.
  • Step 2:  Report to the Department of Health via this link .

You can read more about what to do when you test positive for COVID-19. 

If you are negative and asymptomatic, you may attend the workplace whilst following covid19 test protocols. If you experience any symptoms at work, please isolate and get tested for Covid19. RAT kits can be used if you know how to use them correctly, however, we recommend that a PCR test to eliminate any false readings.   

Please also ensure that you;

  • Have received your booster dose if eligible.
  • Regularly communicate with your teams and clients to alleviate any misunderstanding of our services to clients. 
  • Wear your mask all the time as advised at work and when seeing clients.
  • Use all hygiene measures to keep yourself away from infections and regularly clean your desk and consult rooms.
  • Follow proper etiquettes when sneezing or coughing which generates aerosol. 
  • Don’t attend large gatherings including in the kitchen area
  • Use QR code when visiting places or events
  • Use WA Service App- a one stop shop for individuals checking in at WA businesses, venues and events.
  • Import COVID-19 digital certificate – for secure presentation of your proof of vaccination or exemption on demand.

Close contact

As part of this announcement changes implemented for the management of Healthcare Worker who are close contacts.  Current definition of close contact for a healthcare worker is:

  • You are a household member or intimate partner of a person with COVID-19 and have had contact with them during their infectious period; or
  • You have had close personal interaction with a person with COVID-19 during their infectious period.  This includes if you have:
    • Had at least 15 minutes face-to-face contact where a mask was not worn by both you and the person with COVID-19; or
    • Greater than 2hours within a small room or classroom environment with a case during their infectious period, where masks have removed for this period; or
  • You have been advised by WA Health that you are a close contact.
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Take care and stay safe.

Sujeewe Gamagedera
Chief Executive Officer