Yesterday afternoon the independent review of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the NW was released. It’s over 90 pages long, makes 37 separate recommendations to government, and recognises something we all know - health workers at the coal face responded with great adaptability and resourcefulness in the face of a significant and rapidly emerging challenge.
Some of the key issues we raised in our submission have been recognised by the reviewer as key factors in better management of any future outbreak and we’re glad to hear the government will support almost all of the recommendations, with some already implemented and others underway.
It’s very important to us that issues we raised have been directly placed in recommendations.
There will be better supplies and processes around PPE, including mandatory fit testing in high risk areas or roles and as a priority the department will implement further additional health and wellbeing support for health workers affected by the outbreak.
There is to be clearer sharing of information and integration between the different levels of management and government, including empowering single hospital managers or officers in charge to communicate directly with all those who work on that particular site, and there will be far better communication including closer information-sharing, particularly with representative bodies like us.
More technical parts of the report need further analysis and we’ll let members know our view on the other recommendations once we’ve had a bit more time.
The full report and the government response can be found here
We’re keen to hear members comments and feedback on the report, so please get in touch via email@example.com or HACSUassist on 1300 880 032.