AAG WA Division presents: How to prepare for COVID-19 in aged care – is WA ready?
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In January 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a public health emergency of international concern. Since that time, it has spread around the globe, affecting different jurisdictions to varying degrees. In Australia, we have experienced a second wave of infections in Victoria, leading to a second lockdown and a huge spike in infections and many deaths, predominantly in aged care. In contrast, Western Australia’s hard border restrictions and hotel quarantine have staved off community transmission for many months. A lack of vigilance and preparation could spell disaster for WA, so what can and should we be considering and doing to make sure we are COVID ready?
Hear from practice, policy, and research experts about how WA can best prepare for potential COVID-19 outbreaks in aged care
Hear from our speakers:
Professor Leon Flicker AO
University of Western Australia
Professor Leon Flicker is a leading health expert in geriatric medicine in the Medical School at the University of Western Australia. He established a research unit aimed at translational issues focusing on the health needs of older people in 2000, the Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing. In 2017, he was honoured with an Order of Australia for his contributions to geriatric medicine and dementia prevention and care.
Accountability for Aged Care during a Covid-19 outbreak
Healthcare for people housed in Residential Aged Care Facilities has been a major issue in Australia with neither Providers, State or Federal Governments taking overall responsibility for over 20 years. The lack of reasonable health care management and problems at the interface between Commonwealth and State systems has been a major issue highlighted by the Royal Commission. In the middle of major outbreaks in Melbourne, and the creation of Victorian Aged Care Response Centre, the delineation of roles remains a major issue.
State Health Incident Coordination Centre Planning Lead
WA Department of Health.
COVID19 Response Team
WA Department of Health
Kylie and Sharon will discuss key COVID response initiatives developed by the WA Department of Health to protect those receiving aged care services. Care for older people in Western Australia, including those in aged care, is a priority for the WA health system. The vulnerability of older people to COVID-19, particularly those in aged care required a dedicated response from WA Health which has leveraged off existing plans and services and also required new approaches. We outline our key initiatives to protect those in aged care which have been (i) engagement with the sector; (ii) enhancements to existing services; (iii) initiatives to support IP& C training; and (iv) development of the COVID-19 Residential Aged Care Outbreak Response Plan.
Executive General Manager for Care, Innovation and Quality
Wendy Zernike is the Executive General Manager for Care, Innovation and Quality at Bolton Clarke, driving innovation, creativity and best practice in the aged care and community health services sector. Wendy specialises in clinical governance and consumer engagement, with a focus on developing innovative delivery models in health/aged care, both nationally and internationally. With demonstrated achievements in active community participation, Wendy has led overseas aid programs and knows first-hand the benefit education brings to developing communities, and the value it creates for individuals and their families.
Wendy will speak about Bolton Clarke’s experience in Queensland of managing COVID-19.
Professor Gill Lewin
Research and Evaluation Specialist
Access Care Networks Australia (ACNA)
Professor Gill Lewin currently holds the position of Research and Evaluation Specialist at
Access Care Networks Australia (ACNA). Prior to her present position and a period working
overseas, Gill worked at both Curtin University and the University of Western Australia.
In Curtin as Professor in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine and in UWA as
Research Academic in the West Australian Centre for Rural Health. Gill has been involved in
research on ageing since she joined Silver Chain, a large Australian not for profit community
health and aged provider, as the Research Manager in August 1993. Her particular research
interest during her time at Silver Chain was the development and testing of care models that
promote the independence of older people
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Event Date & Time: Monday 21st September 5.00pm to 6.30pm AWST (7.00pm to 8.30pm AEST)
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