The Victorian Government has made it mandatory for all health care workers to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by 15th December. This includes all Eastern Palliative Care Association Incorporated (EPC) staff.
EPC is considered an Essential Service under the current State of Emergency and as such, EPC will endeavour to keep all services running as normal to the best of our ability.
EPC is always concerned about your safety – we do not want to infect you or others with COVID-19, so please be aware that some services may be impacted more than others, including clients who are using non-invasive ventilation, nebulizers or CPAP machines. These procedures are termed “aerosol generating procedures” and when there is community transmission these procedures may increase the risk of COVID-19 infections to EPC staff, and therefore other clients.
Volunteer services are also impacted during community transmission and where possible, transitioned to phone calls or video calls is enabled.
Clients who are stable may be offered a telehealth or phone assessment rather than a face to face assessment. Clients who are nearing death will be visited unless there is a reason this cannot happen.
Where you have visitors from overseas or from a Red Zone, there may be some restriction of services in order to keep other clients safe. This may include staff attending in full PPE and only telephone support available out of business hours. We will discuss the details of this with you at the appropriate time.
Our goal is to ensure we provide the best community based specialist palliative care services as we have always done but also to keep everyone safe. To do this we depend on you to provide us with the information we need in order to do this.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to make contact and we will get back to you as soon as possible.