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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Members

The ANMF is providing support and advice to any members seeking information regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). ANMF members are fortunate to have an understanding of infection control principles through their education and the accreditation standards by which their health facilities are measured. The community will be looking to nurses, midwives and personal carers to provide guidance and reassurance.


ANMF COVID-19 Evidence Briefs


ANMF COVID-19 Response Guidelines


ANMF Information/Fact Sheets

  • Retention Bonus Information Sheet (Updated 13 July) Specific information on the Retention Bonus: $234.9m will be dispersed as payments to eligible workers in residential care and home care during COVID-19 to help retain them in the workforce.
  • Aged Care Support Information Sheet (Updated 9 June) Direct support measures announced by Federal Government for aged care providers including key points for aged care workers and a summary of information from the Federal Government.

Surge Workforce Fact Sheets


National survey: assessing the impact of COVID-19 on nurses, midwives and carers

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on all Australians and significantly on the health and aged care professions, changing the way we work and interact with one another.

To gain a better understanding of the COVID-19 outbreak’s effect on the nursing, midwifery, and personal care workforce across Australia, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, in all states and territories, has partnered with the Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre to launch the national COVID-19 Workforce Survey. People can take part in the survey by visiting https://is.gd/covidandwork


Information for nurses wanting to assist during the COVID-19 pandemic

Individuals wanting to come back to assist during the COVID-19 pandemic or those in the workforce wanting to access information should visit the AHPRA website and their COVID-19 updates page at https://www.ahpra.gov.au/News/COVID-19.aspx. Information about the pandemic response sub-register is available on the Pandemic sub-register page at https://www.ahpra.gov.au/News/COVID-19/Pandemic-response-sub-register.aspx.

As of 23 July 2020, there are 35,038 doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, diagnostic radiographers, physiotherapists, psychologists and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners on the pandemic response sub-register.

Telehealth guidance for practitioners

Registered health practitioners are playing a vital role in treating and containing the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. This is an unprecedented situation and we know you are working hard to keep people safe in a demanding and fast-changing environment. Ahpra and the National Boards have developed the following information which outlines their expectations of how registered health practitioners will use telehealth in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic - https://www.ahpra.gov.au/News/COVID-19/Telehealth-guidance-for-practitioners.aspx


Department of Health coronavirus (COVID-19) information and resources

Find out how the Department of Health are monitoring and responding to the outbreak, how you can help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia, and what to do if you have symptoms. | Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert

Updates, information and resources about coronavirus (COVID-19) are available on the Department of Health website.

Aged Care

Six Steps to Stop the Spread

The ‘Six Steps to Stop the Spread’ resource is available to remind aged care workers, families and visitors of the simple things they can do to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks in residential aged care facilities.

Information Sheets - These information sheets explain the six steps that aged care workers, aged care residents and families and visitors can follow to stop the spread and keep safe.

Supporting older Australians

This poster provides ways we can support older Australians through coronavirus (COVID-19).

Providing aged care services during COVID-19 - Resources and advice for aged care providers and workers who deliver services in residential aged care and in-home care settings. Find out when you must not go to work, getting coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, identifying symptoms in older people, and protecting yourself and the people you care for. View page on the Department of Health website here.

Reminder - notify the Commonwealth

All aged care service providers are reminded that you must immediately notify the Commonwealth Department of Health of any COVID-19 cases among residents and staff. Email the Department of Health at agedcareCOVIDcases@health.gov.au.

This notification is essential for the activation of Commonwealth support including rapid access to PPE from the National Medical Stockpile, case management, surge workforce support and supplementary pathology testing. This notification to the Department of Health is in addition to notifying your Public Health Unit.

For more information on COVID-19 outbreak preparedness and management, refer to the CDNA National Guidelines.

Reminder - Prepare your communications

Residential Aged Care Facilities are being reminded of the need to have up-to-date contact details for the authorised representative of each resident living within the facility.

As a part of your ongoing preparedness to manage a potential case of COVID-19, it is important that correct contact details, including a mobile telephone number and email address, are held for the primary contact of each resident. These details should be readily available to facilitate prompt and regular communication with residents’ families in the instance of a COVID-19 case being linked to the facility.

It is recommended you contact all authorised representatives to ensure the contact details you hold are appropriate, and to remind them that they will be the primary contact should the facility need to communicate with families about a COVID-19 case or outbreak. Authorised representatives should be encouraged to share the information they receive directly from providers about their loved one’s health and wellbeing with wider family and friends.


COVIDSafe APP

The COVIDSafe app is now available and is completely voluntary. Downloading the app is something you can do to protect you, your family and friends and save the lives of other Australians. The more Australians connect to the COVIDSafe app, the quicker we can find the virus. More information about the app can be found on the Department’s website here.


Online Training and Education

ANMF Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Online
All nurses and midwives can demonstrate leadership in infection prevention and control. Make sure you are delivering best practice using your knowledge, skill and judgment with this core competency. Our Infection Control and Prevention course is free to all ANMF members and is worth 5 hours of CPD towards your registration.

When should hand hygiene be performed? What are the correct techniques across different settings? Our Hand Hygiene course is free to all ANMF members and is worth 2 hours of CPD.

Access both courses through our new-look Continuing Professional Education portal.

Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) - COVID-19 Special Edition Webinars
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has created significant uncertainty in Australia, especially in aged care. There is a lot of fear surrounding COVID-19, and the situation is moving rapidly. The Australian Government has recently imposed new restrictions on aged care visitation, and some providers have introduced further measures to ensure the spread of COVID-19 is contained. OPAN recognises the importance of access to clear, accurate information during this time.

You can also watch the previous COVID-19 Special Edition Webinars here.

Department of Health e-Learning Modules
Five modules are available for completion as part of the Department of Health’s eLearning program for Aged Care workers. The training includes Personal Safety, Families and Visitors, Outbreak Management and PPE. Click here to register and access the training modules.

COVID-19 infection control training
This 30-minute online training module is for health care workers in all settings. It covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19. Find out more and register here.

Educational Videos


COVID-19: Frequently asked questions

Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions from clinicians including Epidemiological FAQs, Clinical Care FAQs, Public Health FAQs and information for practices and patients.


ACTU Fact Sheets


COVID-19 (coronavirus) scams

Unfortunately, scammers are taking advantage of the spread of coronavirus to exploit and play on the fears of consumers across Australia. | Read more


ANMF Media Releases relating to COVID-19


Help stop the spread and stay healthy

A national campaign has launched to inform all Australians about the coronavirus (COVID-19). The campaign aims to reduce the risk to individuals and families by enabling them to make informed decisions and to take up health recommendations. Video and radio material is available here and print ads are available below.

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