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COVID-19 UPDATES - for Participants, Families & Carers

Onemda’s ‘Staying Safe During COVID 19’ information and info-graphic poster can be found here

Please ensure your contact details remain up-to-date by emailing your full name, participant name, mobile number and email to onemda@onemda.com.au


19/05/2022

VACCINATION - REMINDER

To help us keep Onemda as safe as possible, Onemda encourages all participants and their families and carers to stay up to date with vaccinations. As we approach the winter months, having up to date flu and COVID-19 vaccinations is critically important to protect yourself and others. 

If you are unsure of what vaccination you should have, please visit National Immunisation Program Schedule 1 July 2020 (health.gov.au). 

If you are unclear on how many COVID19 vaccinations you require, please visit Poster - ATAGI COVID-19 Recommended Doses and Vaccines (health.gov.au).

If you have any Participant vaccination evidence, we encourage you to send this to onemda@onemda.com.au so we can keep our records up to date.

Vaccination, mask-wearing and operating within our pod groups are the key safety control measures we have in place to enable Onemda to maintain continuity of services.

View the latest Onemda protocols here

 


05/05/22

IMPORTANT: NEW RULES FOR CLOSE HOUSEHOLD CONTACTS

Program participants that are close household contacts of a positive case, can only attend campus if they have a daily negative RAT test result and are able to wear a mask.  Where these conditions cannot be met, program participants are asked to not attend Onemda for 7 days, in line with government requirements. If anyone attending Onemda has other types of illness, they are also asked to not attend campus until symptom free and well.

 


01/04/22

 

Important Information

Amendment to Vaccination status to access Group Services


The Victorian government have recently made changes to the guidelines for accessing workplaces stating that “people can attend work premises if they are fully vaccinated (at least 2 doses) or have a valid medical exemption”. The guidelines also strongly recommend the third booster vaccination as added protection.  However, the change in the guidelines does alter the minimum requirement Onemda has been seeking to enable access to our group programs. Therefore, as it stands currently, to access group services, two doses of COVID 19 vaccination are the new minimum requirements and not the two doses plus the booster which was previously requested.

 

In response to this change, Onemda will maintain comprehensive safety measures to minimise the impact of any COVID 19 incursion in our community, including keeping our pod operations in place, wearing of masks for all staff and any participants who can, social distancing and random RAT tests for our fully vaccinated workforce. However, although these measures significantly reduce the impact of infection, Onemda cannot guarantee an incursion will not occur. Therefore, in line with the Victorian and Federal government recommendations, Onemda strongly encourages booster vaccination for our entire community.

 

If you require further information regarding the recommendation for COVID 19 vaccination, please refer to the following links:

 

If not done so already, you are requested to continue to provide evidence of the booster vaccination to Onemda which will assist our records should the government guidelines change in the future. Please submit proof of the third booster vaccination to onemda@onemda.com.au

 

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation in helping us keep Onemda safe.

 


10/3/22

 

Dear Families and Carers,

 

In line with government guidelines, we require booster vaccination evidence for all Onemda participants to continue participating in Onemda group-based programs.

 

We are committed to providing a safe workplace and service for all participants and staff and are obligated to do so under the current government guidelines.

 

To comply with these guidelines and have ongoing access to Programs of Support, Onemda requires up to date vaccination evidence (2 doses and 1 booster) for the person in your care before the end of Term 1.  Please send evidence to onemda@onemda.com.au before Friday 08 April 2022.

 

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Don't hesitate to contact Onemda if you would like any further information or require assistance in obtaining the evidence.

 

Kind regards,

Victoria Graham

Quality, Risk and Safeguards Manager

 


13/1/2022


Dear Families & Carers,

 

On behalf of the whole team at Onemda, I’d like to wish you a Happy New Year and hope you were able to enjoy a restful holiday season.

 

As we enter 2022, it is clear that we will continue to have to be vigilant with our COVID safe practices and may see some disruption to services due to the high levels of community transmission associated with the Omicron variant. 

 

Like many businesses, we are expecting staff shortages due to COVID-19 exposures and isolation requirements. This may mean disruptions to your services at short notice.  Onemda has a range of contingency plans in place to minimize these disruptions, however we do appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this period.

 

Please find below a number of important key points for you to note before the person in your care commences or returns to Onemda when group services recommence on Tuesday 18 January 2022. 

 

Current Government Guidelines as at 13/01/2022

 

What happens if you or the person in your care get COVID-19 Symptoms

If you or the person in your care:

  1. have symptoms – get a PCR test.  If this is negative, once symptoms have gone you can return to Onemda. 
  2. are a CLOSE contact of someone with COVID (i.e. you live with or spent more than four hours indoors with a confirmed case) – isolate for 7 days. 
    1. If you have symptoms - get a PCR as soon as you can. If this is negative, do a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) on day 6 to see if you may leave isolation. Once symptoms have gone you can return to Onemda.
    2. If you do NOT have symptoms, do a RAT on day 1 and day 6.  RAT tests can be sourced at state run clinics.  If both are clear, you can leave isolation.  (Ideally you will do a RAT every day whilst in isolation but you must do one on Day 1 and Day 6.) 
  3. are a CASUAL contact (less than four hours with a positive case) and have symptoms:
    1. get a PCR and isolate till you have a negative result and once your symptoms have gone you can return to Onemda.
    2. If you do NOT have symptoms, you do not need to isolate. You should do a RAT. If your contact was at work or Onemda you should try to do a RAT each day for five days. If your contact was elsewhere, you do not need to do further tests unless you develop symptoms.
  4. Please email services@onemda.com.au and advise of your planned length of absence.

 

What happens if you test positive to COVID-19

  1. If you get a positive RAT or PCR test or are a close contact you must immediately isolate and report it to Onemda via the email below.  Note: Onemda may be required to notify third parties such as the Department of Health and WorkSafe.
  2. If you get a positive RAT, you must also report it to the Victorian Health Department via the link below. This will ensure that your result is logged as a case and that you get the necessary care support and access to isolation payments. 

Report your positive RAT result via this link - COVID-19 Positive Rapid Antigen Test Self-Reporting Form  · Starter Portal (powerappsportals.com)

 

  1. If you test positive to COVID-19

 

Please email services@onemda.com.au and advise the name of the person, the date they tested positive and when symptoms first developed.

 

Booster Vaccinations

The booster vaccination interval has been reduced to 3 months.  We strongly encourage you to consider if the person in your care is now eligible for their booster vaccination.  For further advice and support, please go to: Vaccine information for people with a disability or special requirements | Coronavirus Victoria

 

Campus attendance expectations

  • Carpark – on arrival, please remain in your car until staff conduct temperature and screening checks.
  • Participants who are able to wear face masks are strongly encouraged to do so.
  • Staff will continue to support and educate participants on safe hygiene practices throughout the day.
  • All activities will be conducted in campus pods, exercising social distancing in well ventilated environments.

 

Contacting Onemda

Given we are fielding a number of phone enquiries, we would appreciate you emailing us in the first instance and a team member will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

Participant Absenteeismservices@onemda.com.au

General Enquiriesonemda@onemda.com.au

Accounts Enquiriesaccounts@onemda.com.au

 

We are looking forward to 2022 being a year where we learn to live and operate with COVID and providing a range of exciting and innovative services for our participants.

 

Take care and keep safe!

 

Kind regards,

 

Simon Lewis

CEO


 

14/12/2021

 

Dear Families and Carers,

 

Onemda has been notified this afternoon that a person who attends our Glenroy campus became unwell on Monday

and has subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. They were last on campus on Friday 10th December. 

 

Onemda has assessed this risk against the Department of Health guidelines and has assessed this as a low risk. 

At this time, Onemda will not be required to close.

 

Government directives recommend that you monitor for symptoms and get tested if you feel unwell.

 

For the most up to date government guidelines please refer to www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

 

Warm Regards,

Amy Leegan

Group Services Manager

(Northern Region)

 


24/11/2021

 

Dear Participants, Families and Carers,


As part of the annual review of Onemda’s Emergency Management Plan we are writing to remind you of Onemda’s processes for emergencies.

 

Victoria has experienced a broad range of significant emergency events, which can cause direct risks to service continuity in the Health and Human services sector.  These disruptions directly impact on the people who use Onemda services. Types of emergencies that have occurred in Victoria include:

  • Floods, storms or bushfires
  • Extreme heat and heatwaves
  • Explosions and accidents
  • Thunderstorm asthma
  • Epidemics, pandemics or contamination of food or water supply, and
  • Disruption to essential services eg: electricity, gas and telecommunications networks


To ensure compliance with the DHHS Emergency Management policy and for the safety of all Onemda participants and staff, we require the cooperation of all participants, families, carers and staff when Onemda is activating its emergency management responses. Emergency management responses are to ensure the safety of everyone, therefore your cooperation and understanding is greatly appreciated.

 

Please read the updates below to ensure readiness in case of an emergency event.

 

PREPARATION

 

Thunderstorm Asthma
Onemda requests that all participants provide an up-to-date asthma management plan after consultation with your medical professional.  Please be aware that in the 2016 thunderstorm event, around half of the people who presented to hospital emergency departments with thunderstorm asthma did not have a diagnosis of asthma. To best support the person in your care and to find out the facts, talk to your medical professional or visit the Asthma Australia website at:  https://asthma.org.au/

 

Fire Season
As part of Onemda’s commitment to safety, we regularly review the roles and responsibilities relating to our emergency evacuation procedures. We are also communicating with neighbouring facilities and have requested fire breaks be established with neighbouring properties.

 

Onemda has a well-established and regularly rehearsed evacuation procedure to ensure preparedness in the event of a part or full service evacuation. This procedure is constantly reviewed and updated in consultation with Onemda’s WHS Committee, to ensure efficient and effective care for the people Onemda supports.

 

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

 

Emergency Advice and Warnings
Onemda will follow advice and warnings from the authorised VicEmergency app and website http://emergency.vic.gov.au/respond/ and authorities.

 

Activities and Services
Onemda will modify or cancel activities/services during any extreme condition or major event such as, but not limited to, heat wave, severe storm or thunderstorm asthma.  This extends to all service arms, including Therapy, Group Learning and Support Services and Support Coordination.

 

Code Red
On days of Code Red (Catastrophic) Onemda will not be transporting participants or sending staff in or out of high fire prone regions. This is a mandatory requirement under the Health and Human Services Sector Emergency Preparedness Reference Guide 2019.

On days classified as Code Red, Onemda will request that the person in your care stay at home if possible. Limited services may continue if there is staff available and there is no direct threat to the service.

 

The Onemda WHS Committee recognises the importance of being vigilant in response to fire risk, however, the committee understands the need to be measured and a sensible approach applied to manage and mitigate risk.  

 

 

If you have any concerns regarding Onemda’s preparedness to emergency management, please do not hesitate to contact me on 03 9842 1955. 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Victoria Graham

Quality, Risk and Safeguards Manager

 


11/11/21

 

Dear Families & Carers, 

 

Further to yesterday’s email regarding the update from the Department of Family, Fairness and Housing (outlining the ability for participants residing in residential care to return to their day services), we provide the following clarification.

 

Unfortunately, the Fact Sheet for community and non-residential services dated 5th November (see attached) contains an incorrect link to the old care facilities directive (dated 14th October).  This caused some confusion and hence, Onemda made the decision to pause on our intention to re-commence operationalising the Program of Supports for participants in residential care facilities who have not been attending.

 

To further clarify these details, you are encouraged to review either of the attached documents:

  1. Disability day programs Operational Guidance – DFFH - (dated 29th October), or

 

  1. Page 3 of the Fact Sheet for community and non-residential services (dated 5th November)

 

Or go to https://www.dffh.vic.gov.au/community-services-sector-covid-19

 

In response to the updated guidelines from DFFH, as of Monday 15th of November, all Program of Supports will resume (including billing) for participants who have not been attending but are now eligible to attend, as per individual service agreements.

 

Throughout the year, Onemda has been operating essential onsite Program of Supports within strict COVID safe practices to the vast majority of participants.  Including many participants residing in residential care.  We are very pleased with this exciting development, having all participants able to access Onemda services and re-connect with their friends and familiar staff.  The teams are also planning for many end of year events and celebrations, and getting back to some form of normal activities.

 

If you have any questions or queries regarding the service agreement for the person in your care, you are encouraged to direct your enquiry to services@onemda.com.au

 

Kind regards,

Services team

 

 

10/11/21

Dear Families & Carers, 

 

Further to the Services Update sent this afternoon regarding the release of the updated Fact Sheet for community and non-residential disability services, please disregard until further clarification is attained.  There appears to be an error with the DFFH link which is sending people to the old guidelines dated 14th October 2021, and confusion with day program access.

 

Onemda apologises for any confusion this may have caused and will provide an update once further details are clarified.

 

Warm regards,

 

Simon Lewis

CEO

 

 

10/11/21

 

Dear Families & Carers, 

 

RE: Changes to residential care participants accessing day programs

 

With the continued easing of restrictions and the recent update to the Fact Sheet for community and non-residential disability services, we are pleased to advise that all participants residing in residential care are now permitted to access their day program.

 

Therefore, unless you have formally notified of your intention to exit from the program, billing for Program of Supports will resume from tomorrow, Thursday 11th November.

 

This is another positive step where all Onemda participants can return to their usual onsite programs and activities. 

 

Warm regards,

 

Simon Lewis

CEO

 

 

18/10/21

 

Dear Participants, Families & Carers,

RE: Reopening of Glenroy Campus

I hope you have all been well during the Glenroy Campus closure period. We understand that this must have been an extremely challenging time for you all, so we look forward to welcoming you all back with some additional safety measures.

These additional safety measures include:

 

Greater POD separation

Onemda Glenroy will now have access to the downstairs area of the building. This means that groups will be split into two with designated staff, resources and amenities strictly allocated to each POD. To support this, we will also use the second entry at the front of the building.  Many of you will be familiar with the front entry point from the vaccination day.  Staff will be available tomorrow morning to direct participants and will advise participants if they are to continue using the existing entry or the new entry point at the front of the building.

 

Staying in your vehicle until screening is complete

We will continue to ask participants, families, carers and taxi drivers to remain in their vehicles until a staff member completes the screening process.

 

Shared transport arrangements and POD separation

We understand that many of our participants share taxis and other transport services. Onemda can only control what happens during participant service hours being 9am-3pm. We kindly ask families to ensure maximum separation of participants (where possible) when travelling to and from Onemda.  If you require greater clarity on what POD the person in your care has been allocated to, to facilitate separation, please discuss this with your Campus Coordinator.

 

Proof of COVID 19 vaccination

As per communications sent over the past fortnight, we are requesting that participants provide proof of COVID 19 vaccination. Having this information assists us to better coordinate services and will also assist us in how we respond if we have a potential future exposure.  Additionally, understanding the vaccination status of all participants, will allow for the future easing of POD restrictions, and for participants to have more freedom of movement to engage with other peers and staff.

 

Cleaning

A deep clean has been completed at the Glenroy Campus and thankfully staff have all returned a negative day 13 covid test result. Thank you to those families who have also provided participant test results.   

 

I am pleased to confirm that as of tomorrow Tuesday 19th October, Onemda Glenroy Campus will resume operations.

 

Our team will remain vigilant in looking for symptoms of anyone being unwell, and we kindly ask our families to keep participants home if they are displaying any flu like symptoms.  We look forward to seeing you back with us tomorrow.

 

Warmest Regards,

 

Amy Hogan

Group Services Manager (Northern Region)
 

 

STATEMENT: 7 OCTOBER 2021
Onemda Glenroy Campus declared a Tier 1 Exposure Site

 

Onemda was notified today by the Department of Health that our Glenroy campus in Widford Street Glenroy, has been declared a Tier 1 exposure site. This was a result of two recent exposures.  


The first exposure occurred on the 29th and 30th of September between the hours of 9am and 3:30pm.  The second exposure occurred on the morning of Monday, the 4th of October, between the hours of 8:55am and 10:45am.  The origins of both sources of exposure are unknown.


The Department of Health are in the process of contacting all close contacts to these exposures. 


As always, the organisation’s highest priority is the safety and wellbeing of our participants and our staff.  The campus has been closed and deep cleaned and anticipated to reopen for essential services on Tuesday 19th of October.


Throughout the COVID 19 pandemic, Onemda has implemented the most stringent access and hygiene protocols, to minimise the risk of infection to our participants and staff and to ensure that, if such an event occurs, that the impact is greatly reduced.  


Onemda understands this suspension of service will have a profound impact on the participants who usually attend our Glenroy facility, and on the families and carers who support them, however the health and wellbeing of all is our absolute priority.


We are constantly reviewing our processes and procedures in line with the latest advice and guidelines and will continue to do all in our power to deliver our essential services in a safe and effective way for the benefits of our participants, their families and carers, and the wider Onemda community.


ENDS

For further information: (03) 9842 1955 onemda@onemda.com.au 

 

 

04/10/21

 

Dear Families and Carers,

 

This morning, Onemda was notified that a Glenroy campus participant tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend.  This person attended the Glenroy campus last Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th of September and was not experiencing any symptoms during those days of attendance.  It is our understanding that the likely source of infection was outside of Onemda.

 

However, despite not receiving any direction from the Department of Health (which may not occur any time soon, given our previous experience), we have made the decision to close the Glenroy campus effective immediately.  It is anticipated that we will reopen on Thursday 14th of October, unless we receive further advice from the Department of Health.

 

We strongly urge all participants who attended the Glenroy campus on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th of September to get tested and isolate until a negative test result.  As highlighted through this pandemic, it is vitally important that Onemda is informed immediately if anyone tests positive to COVID-19.

 

All billing for service attendance will cease from today and will resume on the 14th of October 2021.

 

As always, our highest priority is the safety and wellbeing of our participants and staff.  While we know this temporary closure will have an impact on our participants, families and carers who rely on our essential programs, we believe this is the only responsible course of action and apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause. 

 

Moving forward, Onemda is formulating a range of additional operating measures to reduce the impact should we encounter any further COVID 19 incursions.  

 

If you need to contact a member of our team during the campus closure period, please call our main number 9842 1955 or email onemda@onemda.com.au and leave your name, the person or department you would like to speak to and return contact details.  This will then be forwarded to the appropriate person who will make contact with you.

 

If you require any assistance with managing the person in your care, we advise that you contact your Planner or go to the following advice channels;

Coronavirus hotline: 1800 675 398

 

 

I would like to thank you all for your patience and understanding.

 

Warm regards,

 

Simon Lewis

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

04/10/21

 

Dear Families and Carers,

 

This morning, Onemda was notified that a Glenroy campus participant tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend.  It is our understanding that the likely source of infection was outside of Onemda.

 

However, despite not receiving any direction from the Department of Health (which may not occur any time soon, given our previous experience), we have made the decision to close the Glenroy campus effective immediately. 

 

As a courtesy we also wish to advise that a Glenroy staff member attended the Brunswick campus on Friday 1st October.  It is important to note that the staff member has not been defined as a close contact.

 

The Brunswick campus will continue to operate, unless advised otherwise by the Department of Health.

 

As we have always maintained, if you have any concerns or anyone is experiencing flu-like symptoms, please get tested and isolate until a negative test result.  

 

I would like to thank you all for your patience and understanding.

 

Warm regards,

 

Simon Lewis

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

05/08/21

 

Dear Families and Carers,

 

As announced today by Premier Daniel Andrews, from 8:00pm tonight (Thursday 5th August), Victoria will enter a snap 7-day lockdown.

 

We would like to reassure you that as an essential service provider and as per other lockdowns, Onemda will continue to operate modified services onsite at all Onemda Campuses during this 7-day lockdown period.  All previous COVID Safe protocols will be maintained, and our staff will continue to deliver a range of engaging and stimulating programs and activities, albeit in a modified manner.

 

A reminder that if you or anyone in your care is feeling unwell and displaying flu like symptoms, please get tested and remain at home until test results are known.

 

To access the most up to date exposure site list please visit: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites

 

We will continue to keep you updated on any further developments as they arise. 

 

Please stay safe and keep connected.

 

Warm regards,

 

Kara Briggs

General Manager Client Services

Onemda’s ‘Staying Safe During COVID 19’ information and info-graphic poster can be found here

 

 

 

02/06/21

 

Dear Families and Carers,

 

As announced today by Acting Premier James Merlino, from 11:59pm tomorrow night (Thursday 3rd June), Victoria’s circuit breaker lockdown will be extended for a further 7 days.

 

Although some minor changes to restrictions were announced, they do not affect how we are currently operating as a service.

 

Throughout this week, Onemda has maintained essential services to many participants, which has been greatly appreciated by their families and carers.  Our staff have been super creative in delivering a range of engaging and stimulating programs and activities, albeit in a modified manner.  It has been wonderful to maintain a sense of normality and consistency for both participants and our committed staff.

 

Onemda is pleased to see that the issues with the vaccine rollout and the risk this continues to pose on vulnerable people with disability is now starting to get more public attention.  Further to this, the NDIS, along with state and federal government, are rolling out a range of funding and priority access initiatives in order to escalate vaccinations for people with disability. 

 

For more information, please refer to the Australian Government Department of Health Website and today’s media release from NDIS Minister, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds on enhanced support for Victorian’s with disability.  This includes information on a priority vaccination Hub for people with disability that opened in Thomastown last week.

 

We will continue to keep you updated on any further developments as they arise. 

 

Please stay safe and keep connected.

 

Warm regards,

 

Simon Lewis

CEO

 

 

27/05/21

 

Dear Families and Carers,

 

As announced this morning by Acting Premier James Merlino, from midnight tonight (Thursday 27th May), Victoria will go into a circuit breaker lockdown for 7 days.

 

Whilst we understand this may increase concerns for our families, carers and participants, we would like to reassure you that as an essential service provider and similar to earlier this year and last year, Onemda will continue to operate modified services during this 7-day lockdown period.

 

Caregiving and compassionate reasons allow participants to continue to attend Onemda campuses, even if it is more than 5km’s from your home.

 

Onemda has further enhanced our safe operating practices across all campus locations, including the increased use of PPE and further pod isolations commencing immediately.

 

As a reminder to you all, the following are just some of the daily precautions Onemda conducts to keep our community as safe as possible. These include:

 

  • Mandatory mask-wearing, temperature checks & QR code check-in prior to entry for all people coming onto Onemda campus sites
  • Daily health screening across all campuses
  • Regular cleaning of high touch surfaces throughout the day
  • Use of hand sanitising stations continue to be highly encouraged, with stations located across multiple locations in each Onemda campus
  • Ongoing hygiene, mask and social distancing education for participants
  • The continuation of ‘pods’ for service delivery, which remain completely separate from each other
  • Adhering to social distancing requirements and density quotas
  • Closure of the Onemda Therapy pool
  • Cancellation of community access activities
  • Cancellation of non-urgent visitors attending all campus sites

 

Please refer to our ‘Staying Safe During COVID 19’ information and info-graphic poster for further information here

 

A reminder that if you or anyone in your care is feeling unwell and displaying flu like symptoms, please get tested and remain at home until test results are known.

 

If you or anyone in your care has been to or has been in contact with someone who has visited any of the stated exposure sites listed on the Victorian Government website, they must immediately get tested and not return to Onemda campuses until cleared. 

 

To access the most up to date exposure site list please visit: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites

 

We will continue to monitor this situation closely and provide you with any further relevant information when it becomes available.

 

In the meantime, take care and keep safe.

 

Simon Lewis

Chief Executive Officer

 

26/05/21

 

Dear Families and Carers,

 

In response to the developments of the COVID outbreak across Northern Metropolitan Melbourne, please note the following important information.

 

  • At the time of writing, restrictions came into place at 6pm last night announced by the Victorian Health Officer. Onemda already complies with these restrictions and we will continue to closely monitor any further updates on restrictions from the Victorian Government throughout today and beyond.
  • Face masks (as per normal) are to always be worn whilst on Onemda campuses, along with temperature checking, strict hygiene practices and social distancing. 
  • A reminder that if you, or anyone in your care is feeling unwell and displaying flu like symptoms, please get tested and remain at home until test results are known.
  • If you or anyone in your care has been to, or has been in contact with someone who has visited, any of the stated exposure sites listed on the Victorian Government website, they must immediately get tested and not return to Onemda campuses until cleared.

 

To access the most up to date exposure site list please visit: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites

 

Thank you for your cooperation and please stay safe.

Simon Lewis
Chief Executive Officer

 

 

12/02/21

 

Dear Families and Carers,

 

As announced this afternoon by Premier Andrews, from midnight tonight (Friday 12th February 2021) Victoria will go into stage 4 restrictions for 5 days.

 

Whilst we understand this may increase concerns for our families, carers and participants, we would like to reassure you that as an essential services provider and similar to last year, Onemda will continue to operate modified services during this 5 day lockdown period.

 

This is with the exception of participants at the Ringwood Campus at Bill Wilkins Lodge, which will shut during the lockdown period. Local Council have unfortunately decided to close council buildings including the Bill Wilkins Lodge during this time, rendering us unable to provide services. We will continue to work with Council in an attempt to seek an alternate solution and provide continuity of services to those who require essential supports.

 

In response to this new UK variant of COVID-19, Onemda has commenced further enhancing our safe operating practices across all campus locations, including the increased use of PPE and further pod isolations commencing Monday morning.

 

As a reminder to you all, the following are just some of the daily precautions Onemda conducts to keep our community as safe as possible. These include:

 

  • Restricted access to all campus locations for visitors and contractors
  • Mandatory temperature checks prior to entry for all people coming onto Onemda campus sites
  • Daily health screening across all campuses
  • Regular cleaning of high touch surfaces throughout the day
  • Staff to wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) at all times
  • Use of hand sanitising stations continue to be highly encouraged with stations located across multiple locations in each Onemda campus
  • Ongoing hygiene, mask and social distancing education for participants
  • The continuation of ‘pods’ for service delivery, which remain completely separate from each other
  • Adhering to social distancing requirements and density quotas

 

We will continue to monitor this situation closely and provide you with any further relevant information when it becomes available.

 

In the meantime, take care and keep safe,

 

Simon Lewis

CEO

 

04/02/2021

 

Dear Families and Carers,

Last night the Victorian Government released an alert regarding a new COVID case of a hotel quarantine worker.

DHHS has now provided a list of exposure sites and times. Please click on the link below to see if you have visited any of these exposure sites and specified times. If you have:

  1. Please keep yourself and the person in your care home to self-isolate
  2. Please ensure that you and the person in your care are tested for COVID19, as recommended by DHHS
  3. Please notify Onemda of your potential exposure to help us manage the internal associated risks and the safety of our participants and staff.   

Exposure sites:

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/case-locations-and-outbreaks-covid-19

Media release 03.02.21:

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/important-alert-about-new-hotel-quarantine-case-covid-19

It is important that you and the person in your care follow the required DHHS directions if you have attended any exposure sites at the specified times and dates.

Please also continue to monitor the DHHS website for any further updates to incidents and exposure sites.

During this time, we continue to operate our modified services and ensure the strict adherence to our COVIDSafe practices to keep Onemda’s participants, staff and community safe.

If you have any questions, please contact our Quality Risk and Safeguards Manager, Victoria Graham vgraham@onemda.com.au

 

Kind regards,

Kara Briggs

General Manager Services

 

02/09/2020

 

Dear Families & Carers,

 

Keeping our community safe

The collective effort to date in keeping the Onemda community safe has been enormous and we thank each and every individual for their ongoing support. Although this has not been easy, in particular with the introduction of face masks, we greatly appreciate all the effort everyone has made during the year. Whilst we look forward to the possibility of Stage 4 Restrictions being relaxed, it is important that we maintain our vigilance and continue to do our part.

 

In an effort to help keep this focus, we have released a ‘Staying Safe During COVID’ infographic poster. This is an easy-read reminder to all participants, staff, families and carers of simple daily hygiene practices that ensure we all continue to keep the Onemda community safe. The posters also make an excellent training tool to support the education of our participants about safe hygiene practices. 

 

Please find a copy for you to display at home as a reminder here.

 

Centre Closure Dates

  • AFL Grand Final Eve Public Holiday – date to be confirmed

As indicated by the State government, the AFL Grand Final Eve public holiday, which was planned for Friday the 25th of September, will now be rescheduled to October. This means Onemda will remain open on this day with all modified services operating as usual. As soon as the alternative date is announced, we will notify all families and carers of the new closure day. 

  • Melbourne Cup Eve – Monday 2nd November 2020 – open for services

It is important now more than ever to ensure families and carers have access to the essential service options they need. As such, we would like to remind you that this year our services will be open on Melbourne Cup Eve. 

 

In the coming weeks we will also circulate our service closure dates for 2021.

 

Annual General Meeting

Due to the uncertainty on gathering numbers and in the best interest of the safety of the Onemda community, this year’s AGM is scheduled for Wednesday the 14th of October 2020 and will be held remotely via virtual technology. All guests will still have the opportunity to attend and participate in the meeting, however we will all need to do this from the safety of our computers.  

 

Invitations and details on how to access the AGM will be sent out shortly.

 

In the meantime, keep yourselves active, connected and safe.

 

Simon Lewis

Chief Executive Officer

 

04/08/20

 

Dear Families & Carers,

 

Further to yesterday’s communication, the Victorian Government has released more information regarding eligible industries who can provide on-site activities during Stage 4 Restrictions.  It is our understanding that Onemda is eligible to continue to deliver our on-site services.

 

We understand that as an essential community-based disability service, we fall under the industry category Health Care and Social Assistance (to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of vulnerable people) and are therefore eligible to maintain essential on-site services.  This means that you will be eligible to travel outside your 5km radius to access an essential care service.

 

We will continue to monitor advice channels for any changes to our ability to continue to deliver on-site activities and or any updates to the Department of Health and Human Services, COVID-19 Disability Services Sector Plan. 

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at onemda@onemda.com.au 

 

Warm Regards, 

 

Simon Lewis 

CEO

 

03/08/2020

 

Dear Families and Carers,

 

As per yesterday’s government announcement, Melbourne will move into Stage 4 Restrictions from 11:59pm Wednesday 5th August 2020 for 6 weeks.

 

We wish to reassure you that as an essential service, Onemda will continue to operate and service our participants in a modified format, unless other advised by DHHS.  In order to access our services, it is important to note that you can travel outside of your 5km radius to attend an essential care service.

 

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 we have worked rigorously to implement strict operating procedures and hygiene practices to deliver services safely. This includes:

 

  • Wearing of face masks for staff and encouraging participants to do so
  • Strict hygiene practices
  • Regular cleaning of high touch surfaces
  • Access to PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Ongoing hygiene and social distancing education for participants
  • Mandatory temperature checks on arrival for all participants and staff
  • Daily health screening
  • The development of ‘pods’ for service delivery, which remain completely separate from each other
  • Adhering to social distancing requirements
  • Continuing to explore additional operating spaces to allow us to accommodate any DHHS imposed changes to maximum group numbers

 

We will continue to monitor the advice channels regarding our operations and will keep you up to date with any changes.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please email us at onemda@onemda.com.au

 

Warm Regards,

 

Simon Lewis

CEO

 

20/07/2020

 

Dear Families and Carers,

 

As of 11:59pm Wednesday the 22nd of July, the wearing of face masks are mandatory for residents living in the Greater Melbourne and Mitchell Shire regions when leaving your homes.

 

Onemda would like to re-assure that our staff are already in the practice of wearing face masks and PPE, and continue to diligently maintain high standards of hygiene control and social distancing for our participants.

 

In regards to participants wearing face masks, Onemda recommends that if any participant is able to wear a mask when attending any of our services, they should do so. This can be either be a disposable surgical grade or cloth mask (recommended).  If this is not practical, then some form of a scarf or bandana can also be worn.

 

We understand that in many cases this may not be practical and may cause distress or even place the person at risk. For this reason we will not be enforcing that participants must wear a mask. This is further supported by the Victorian Chief Health Officer, where he outlined that there are exemptions to the mandatory wearing of masks which includes persons with breathing difficulties, medical or physical limitations.

 

For health and safety reasons along with compromised supplies, we request participants who are able to wear a mask to supply their own.   

 

In the meantime, staff have been encouraged to continue to maintain education programs around safe hygiene practices and social distancing, and from this week, they will introduce the wearing of masks to this program. The program focuses on taking a non-threatening, interactive and fun approach to maximise understanding and impact for participants.

 

Finally, to assist with the safe and orderly arrival to Onemda campuses, we emphasise that all parents and carers are to keep participants in their vehicles until a staff member has conducted a temperature check. Your patience and cooperation with this is vitally important to ensuring social distancing is maintained at campus entrances.  

 

For further information on face masks and other useful tips, please go to;

 

DHHS – What are the different types of face masks and which one should I use

 

DHHS – How to make a cloth face mask

 

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Looking after yourself if you are a person with a disability – Easy English

 

Please keep safe and connected.

 

Warm regards,

 

Simon Lewis 

Chief Executive Officer

 

07/07/2020

 

Dear Families & Carers

 

As highlighted in today’s Victorian Government announcement, the Melbourne Metropolitan area will return to Stage 3 restrictions, commencing from 11:59PM Wednesday 8th July. While we understand this may increase concerns for our families and participants, we would like to reassure you that as an essential service, and much like the provisions made for Special Schools, Onemda will continue to operate. At this point in time we have no reservations in remaining open and operational under modified conditions and in line with the DHHS COVID-19 guidelines.

 

Strict Operating Procedures

Onemda has worked rigorously since the COVID-19 outbreak to implement all necessary operating practices to safely deliver services. This includes:

 

  • Strict hygiene practices
  • Regular cleaning of high touch surfaces (3x daily)
  • Access to PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
  • Hand sanitising stations across all campus sites
  • Ongoing hygiene and social distancing education for participants
  • Mandatory temperature checks on arrival for all participants, staff, contractors and ALL visitors
  • Daily health screening
  • Operating in designated ‘pods’ for service delivery, which remain completely separate from each other
  • Adhering to social distancing requirements
  • Continuing to explore additional operating spaces to allow us to accommodate any DHHS imposed changes to maximum group numbers

 

Supporting the safety of our participants

As always, the safety and wellbeing of our participants must be our first priority. Onemda has conducted a Risk Assessment for each individual who attends Onemda to ensure that we can deliver services safely and effectively.

 

If you are receiving services via telehealth or digital technology, we will continue to provide this support as per your current arrangement.

 

Onemda continues to thank you all for your patience and understanding during these unusual and challenging times and remains committed to supporting you and your family as best we can throughout this crisis. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your stream coordinator or email services@onemda.com.au

 

Warm Regards,

 

Simon Lewis

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

25/06/2020

 

Dear Families & Carers

 

RE: Glenroy & Brunswick Campus update

 

As highlighted in recent government updates, the Moreland area has been identified as one of Melbourne’s hot spots for a Covid-19 outbreak. While we understand this may increase some anxieties for our families and participants, we would like to assure you that Onemda is continuing to operate under very strict hygiene practices and at this point has no reservations around remaining open and operational under modified conditions at this stage.

 

However, we do understand that you may prefer to limit any community-based interactions and therefore would like to remind you that our flexible service offerings are still available. Please contact your stream coordinator if you are interested in 1:1 In-Home supports or Online programs.

 

Supporting our High Care participants

As always, the safety and wellbeing of our participants must be our first priority. Onemda has conducted a Risk Assessment for each individual who attends Onemda to ensure that we can deliver services safely and effectively. Our Participant Outcome & Review Committee is currently reviewing all risk assessments and aims to be able to support more of you in the coming weeks.

 

Construction Works

The construction team have advised that there is a small delay in completion of the lift works. This has caused frustrations for Onemda, as I am sure it will to the families and participants who are currently unable to access services at Glenroy due to constructions works limiting access to the lower floor. At this stage, we have been advised that lift works will be completed by early August. That said, we will continue to assess the site while construction is in progress and if we can operate programs safely, we will explore the option of opening this space up to some participants prior to August.

 

Community Access

Like many members of the Onemda family, our participants are missing their community-based activities. With the Moreland area being identified as a hot spot area, we will need to delay any plans for re-entering the community at this stage. This will mean that all programs will need to continue to be run onsite where we can ensure appropriate social distancing & control measures are in place, as well as good hygiene practices.

 

Onemda continues to thank you all for your patience and understanding during these unusual and challenging times and remain committed to supporting you and your family as best we can throughout this crisis. If you have any questions about our flexible services or returning to our modified group activities, please direct them to your stream coordinator.

 

Warm Regards,

 

Amy Hogan

Service Operations Manager

 

25/06/2020

 

Dear Families and Carers,

 

Latest Victorian restriction measures

As announced over the weekend by Premier Andrews, government health authorities have identified a number of ‘hot spots’ which are contributing to a spike in COVID 19 cases. One of the local government areas includes Moreland where we have our Glenroy and Brunswick campuses.

 

The program staff are working with families in these areas to ensure our service supports can remain adaptable to the changing environment. This includes maintaining access to on-line and in home support options.

 

Onemda will monitor any developments closely and will respond accordingly as directed by the authorities. In the meantime, we do remind all of our community, that being participants, families, carers and staff to remain vigilant and maintain strict social distancing and hygiene practices at all times.