Aged care

Aged care providers and health professionals are encouraged to keep up to date with the latest advice on residential aged care facilities from NSW Health.

Up-to-date information is also available on the Department of Health website.

COORDINARE has also created a practical tip sheet with advice and suggested actions for GPs with residents in aged care. You can also, click here to listen to Dr Tas Karakaidos GP, Director Illawarra Aged Care, give GPs practical advice on preparing to manage residents in aged care facilities during a COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 Vaccine : Residential aged care workers and residents are among the first people who can choose to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The first phase (Phase 1a) of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout has begun and Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) in South Eastern NSW have started to receive their vaccines.

The Department of Health has created a readiness toolkit to assist aged care providers with preparing for vaccination day.

Localised HealthPathways information

Important information for health professionals is available on your local HealthPathways site: ACT & Southern NSW or Illawarra Shoalhaven. HealthPathways is a free online tool for health professionals aimed at improving patient care by providing local up-to-date assessment, management, and referral options. The mobile-friendly platform supports clinicians to make the right decisions, together with patients, at the point of care.

In addition to comprehensive clinical information, the HealthPathways sites now contain a number of COVID-19 specific pathways including information regarding changes to telehealth, assessment, ongoing management, and local COVID-19 referral services. There is also a suite of pathways specifically relating to Older Adults' Health and Older Persons' Health.

You can access ACT & Southern NSW HealthPathways or Illawarra Shoalhaven HealthPathways via your computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile device.

Useful resources for the aged care sector

Useful resources to support end of life care are also available on the End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) website. ELDAC provides information, guidance, and resources to health professionals and aged care workers to support palliative care and advance care planning to improve the care of older Australians.

Training module for health care sector

The Department of Health has developed a 30-minute online training module on how to protect yourself and the people you are caring for from infection with COVID-19.

This training is for care workers across all health care settings. An aged care specific module is also available. Click here to register for the training.

Webinars about COVID-19 planning in RACFs

View recent webinars for GPs on local planning and response to a COVID-19 outbreak in a RACF co-hosted by COORDINARE and Local Health Districts:

  • Southern NSW, 8 September 2020. Click here.
  • Illawarra Shoalhaven, 3 September 2020. Click here.

The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) facilitated a webinar on the Clinical Aspects of COVID-19 in RACFs on 4 June 2020, which you can access here.

Watch Dr Tas Dr Tas Karakaidos GP,  Director Illawarra Aged Care, give GPs practical advice on preparing to manage residents in aged care facilities during a COVID-19 outbreak, which you can access here. The video is an exert of a longer webinar that aired on 3 September 2020.