COVID-19 HEALTH INFORMATION
NATIONAL Department of Health (National Coronavirus Helpline 1800 020 080)
NSW NSW Health (Healthdirect 1800 022 222)
NT Northern Territory Government (National Coronavirus Information Helpline – 1800 020 080)
QLD Queensland Government (13 Health 13 432 584)
SA SA Health (SA COVID-19 Information Line – 1800 253 787)
VIC Victorian Government Health and Human Services (Coronavirus Hotline – 1800 675 398)
WA Healthy WA (13 COVID OR 13 26843)
Child safety on farms
With children staying home amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, they will be living, playing and sometimes working on their family farms. It is more important than ever to ensure children are always in safe areas and there are no serious injuries.
This can be achieved by creating safe play areas, appropriate farm tasks and having safety conversations with your children in your home. The National Centre for Farmer Health has more information and several fact sheets available. WorkSafe is also a great source.
The model Work Health and Safety laws require employers to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of their workers and others at the workplace. This includes providing and maintaining a work environment that is without risk to health and safety and adequate facilities for workers in carrying out their work, so far as is reasonably practicable.
SafeWork Australia has information on employee health and safety as well as health information from individual States. Visit the page here: Advice for Employers
Contact tracing and recording
Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) have developed a document in consultation with SA Health to assist with contact tracing in the event that an employee returns a positive COVID-19 result. This has been designed to record data proactively to allow easy identification for isolation and testing of contacts should the need arise. This form can be adapted for use by anyone. Download it here.
Personal disclosure statement
To help comply with government Health Plan requirements (in relevant states), or for best management practices in the workplace during COVID-19, employers may request that employees complete a Personal Disclosure Statement outlining any travel taken, and agreeing to disclose information regarding their exposure to COVID-19. Citrus Australia has created a template for growers and packers here. Feel free to alter this to suit your needs.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Industry Capability Network (ICN)
Please register your shortage on the national (ICN) portal. This portal is being used to connect organisations experiencing PPE shortages with suppliers, both Australian manufacturers gearing up to produce PPE as well as offshore capability. Once registered, an ICN consultant will be in touch to discuss your needs in more detail and can conduct investigations across the national network.
If there is the ability to aggregate demand, referrals can be made to companies able to deliver bulk orders. More information on ICN COVID-19 response can be found here.
As masks are in high demand globally, you can make your own reusable mask utilising materials found around the house such as vacuum cleaner bags and coffee filters. Click the following link to view this design based on evidence from a study conducted by Cambridge University: Cotton Face Mask
See the Citrus Australia Guide to COVID-19 on the ‘Updates’ tab for more information on masks.
Australian Red Cross
KNOW – CHECK IN – ORGANISE – ACT
Practical, helpful tips to help you and others look after your mental wellbeing.
Visit the page here: Looking after your mental wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic
Warrior wellbeing article
“Ironically, many of us “crack a Corona” after a long day at work as a way of easing stress, however many blokes and community members are currently feeling under the pump a little more than usual..”
“..the current situation is more like that big wave bearing down on us at the beach, we’re watching it, but we just have to brace ourselves and hang on.”
ARC training centre for food safety in the fresh produce industry
- COVID-19 is unlikely to be passed on through fresh produce
- There is a low risk of contracting COVID-19 from fresh produce if handled by a worker who is confirmed positive for COVID-19
- Immediately notify the health department if a worker in the facility tests positive for COVID-19
- Increase contact time and/or concentration of disinfectants on surfaces in the processing environment
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)
FSANZ has published useful information and links regarding novel coronavirus and food safety on their website here.
Inresponse to the changing environment that businesses are currently operating in, Freshcare has developed the below fact sheet to highlight additional measures that may need to be considered to ensure businesses remain focused on delivering safe, quality fresh produce throughout the supply chain. This includes:
- Managing people within your business
- Food Safety Instructions – Health Declaration COVID-19
- Cleaning and sanitation
- Sourcing from alternate suppliers (emergency supplies)
- Travel restrictions and biosecurity considerations
- Worker training
Download the fact sheet here.
Freshcare eLearning is a new format of training offered by Freshcare, providing a remote access training option, allowing participants to complete training online in their own time frame. This does not replace face to face training or Freshcare FSQ4.1, and all workshops have been postponed until further notice. To find out more about eLearning, visit the Freshcare website.
State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
The State Government has advised that PPE requirements and offers are being collected by a web form here. This enables businesses state-wide to register online for their supply needs as well as their manufacturing capability, and the Government will look to match supply and demand.
The Queensland Government has partnered with Brisbane-based Evolve Group to commence manufacturing N95 face masks in Queensland and will ramp up to full production of 60,000 units a day within eight weeks.
Record-keeping templates to help agribusinesses and health management plans
New record-keeping templates for workplace health management plans have been developed to assist agribusinesses to maintain records of activities during COVID-19.
As of 5 May 2020, if you are employing seasonal workers from outside Queensland, or any workers who are not staying in their permanent residence, you must have a workplace health management plan in place.
Mental health services
The Queensland Government has a web page with mental health services and resources are available here.
This includes a mental health access line 1300 MH CALL (1300 642255), a confidential mental health telephone triage service for Queenslanders that provides the first point of contact to public mental health services.
COVID-19 testing blitz
All South Australians with cold or flu symptoms will be able to access COVID-19 testing as part of a two-week testing blitz from 16 April to 30 April 2020. If you or anyone you know has COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose or shortness of breath, you can be tested for COVID-19 as part of the blitz.
Low case numbers in early April means SA Health have an opportunity and the capacity to test a broader section of the community. View more information on how to access tests here.
Mental health support line
SA Health has launched a new mental health support line for South Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic, to talk with anyone in distress, or in need of support caused by social isolation and long periods of quarantine. 1800 632 753, 7 days, 8.00am – 8.00pm, more info here.
Supporting seasonal workers
Agriculture Victoria has compiled some useful things to remember into a fact sheet about accommodation and transport of seasonal workers for agricultural businesses in Victoria, including examples. See it here.