Disability Services workers need support

Posted on
January 11, 2022
Public Sector

Not left to work it out yourself

As COVID infection sweeps the state we’re getting far too many reports that some of you have been left to work it out for yourself.
Just like the wonderful people you support, you need support from your employer with adequate guidance about what needs to occur while we await further advice from those supposedly in charge.
This should include but not be limited to:

  • Clear advice on what to do if you have COVID, are a close contact or develop symptoms.
  • Clear advice on the provision and use of testing for you and your clients and participants.
  • Adequate PPE and advice on its safe and effective use.
  • Advice about additional safety measures to be utilised to limit the spread of COVID.
  • A clear guide on what to do when common or expected circumstances arise, like when a client or participant displays respiratory illness symptoms, or you need a meal break.
  • More breaks to alleviate the additional burden of sustained PPE use and additional resources to manage breaks.
  • A central point of advice and leadership provided by your employer available to workers whenever they are at work – and if this is 24 hours, 7 days a week, then the advice should be available 24/7.

We know PCR testing is prioritised for people living with a disability and any disability worker with symptoms or confirmed close contacts. We’re meeting with state health officials daily and will continue to push for more details about what further supports can be provided. We have a specific disability services meeting on Wednesday and we’re really keen to hear about a disability operations centre we understand is in the process of being made operational.

Please keep safe, and if you’re unwell please stay away from others until you recover or get a test. If you have any concerns, contact us at assist@hacsu.org.au or 1300 880 032. We’ve got you covered.

For more information about this or any other industrial matter, members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email assist@hacsu.org.au or complete our online contact form

Public Sector