RACF COVID-19 outbreaks in a vaccinated world

How will a residential aged care facility outbreak look when the majority of staff and residents are vaccinated?

During the Victorian residential aged care facility (RACF) outbreaks in 2020, the transmission statistics revealed that 13% of cases were residents and 15% were staff. The mortality rate was in the hundreds.

Currently in NSW, there are 48 outbreaks, with 10 in rural areas. Of these outbreaks, 0.5% are residents and 0.4% are staff. Last week, there were 14 deaths; 10 of these were on palliative pathways and 5 were not vaccinated.

The main outbreak management issues in the vaccinated environment include:

  • Continuity of care for residents:
    • Healthy North Coast’s RACF GP Outbreak Response Framework.
    • An Australian Government fact sheet on continuity of care for GPs is being developed.
    • Advance care directives and plans incorporating COVID-19 statements that uphold residents’ wishes.
  • Deconditioning continues to be seen in residents. The use of allied health staff where possible during the outbreaks and afterwards is a priority.

Locally, meetings between the RACFs, Healthy North Coast, local health districts and the Public Health Unit (PHU) continue, ensuring preparedness and information sharing from the Ministry of Health, the Australian Government COVID-19 teams and the aged care peak bodies. The group are grateful to the ongoing efforts of the PHU staff who continue to attend despite excessive workloads. Minutes from these meetings are available to interested GPs and practice staff – please contact:

Bron McCrae
Deputy Director Healthy Living and Ageing, Healthy North Coast
[email protected]

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Update provided 21 April 2022.

As you know, Lismore Skin Clinic in Molesworth Street was destroyed in the recent floods, and we are trying to rebuild the site as soon as we can.

In the meantime we will be moving to St Vincent’s Hospital Specialist Medical Centre – Level 4, Suite 12 – 20 Dalley Street Lismore.

We hope to be up and running in the next two weeks (by early to mid May 2022) and our receptionists will soon begin calling our patients to rebook their appointments and catch up with their needs.

Once we have a firm opening date we will update this notification.

Our email address – [email protected] and our phone number – 02 6621 3500 will remain the same as in the past. Only the address changes for a while.

We look forward to seeing you soon in our new premises.

Many thanks for your patience and understanding in these heartbreaking times – stay safe.

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