Aged Care - COVID-19

On 24 May 2022 the Major Emergency Declaration was lifted and amendments made to the South Australian Public Health Act 2011 to ensure important public health measures are maintained to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Despite the lifting of the Major Emergency Declaration, the below Emergency Management Directions continue to be in force within the South Australia residential aged care sector under section 90C of the South Australian Public Health Act:

The Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 49) (COVID-19) Direction came into effect at 8.49 pm on 23 May 2022.

These measures have been put in place as a precaution to ensure vulnerable older South Australians continue to remain safe from COVID-19.

For further information and the full list of requirements and directions please refer to COVID-19 requirements under the Public Health Act on SA Health website

Important Update: Mandatory COVID-19 Infection Control Training requirements 

By 30 September 2022, all persons providing personal care or nursing care to residents of a RACF must complete the following Infection Prevention and Control eLearning Modules, developed by the National Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI) before being permitted to enter or remain on the premises of a RACF:

Basics of Infection Prevention and Control for Aged Care – This module provides a basic knowledge of infection prevention and control principles to assist the learner in understanding how infections spread and how to prevent this occurring, in the aged care environment. The content provides a clear understanding of transmission-based precautions and standard precautions, including hand hygiene, personal protective equipment (PPE), environmental cleaning, specific advice on COVID-19 and staff health.

Hand Hygiene Standard Theory Online Learning Module – The Hand Hygiene Standard Education Package has been developed to increase knowledge regarding hand hygiene practices.

Both training modules must be completed by all relevant persons prior to entering or remaining on the premises of a RACF (initially by 30 September 2022) and refreshed annually.

Each module is expected to take 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete.

RACF operators are required to keep records of workers who have completed this training and provide such records to an authorised officer on request.

To enrol in the above-mentioned modules, log into the NHHI LMS External link, select the tile labelled ‘Aged Care Modules’, open the catalogue and choose the module you wish to undertake to begin your learning.

Learners will need to create a profile with in the NHHI LMS.  If you are experiencing any issues please refer to the National Hand Hygiene Initiative online learning - frequently asked questions (FAQs)