The Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID-19
Guidelines for RACF visitation - 18 May 2020
In response to the Premier's announcement on Monday 11 May 2020, it is recommended that Residential Service Facilities reintroduce visiting in a phased approach.
Community Message 20 May 2020
Covid-19 Factsheet- Restrictions on entry into and visitors to aged care facilities
BDH Staff will seek appropriate evidence of immunisation status from individuals seeking to enter the residential aged care facility.
Appropriate evidence may be a statement or record from a health practitioner; or an immunisation history statement available from Medicare online or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app.
More information can be found in FAQS - RESTRICTIONS ON ENTRY INTO AND VISITORS TO AGED CARE FACILITIES
Covid-19 Factsheet - Break the Chain of Infection
Break the Chain of Infection - Stopping COVID-19 by following these steps
COVID-19 Factsheet - Influenza vaccination advice for residential aged care staff and visitors – 28 April 2020
Who should read this? This factsheet is for residential aged care providers, staff and visitors, including health practitioners and volunteers.
We encourage everyone to take every possible step to help stop the spread of flu this winter and protect our health system.
Influenza vaccinations for staff and visitors in aged care services
All people attending a residential aged care service, other than residents, must now have an up to date influenza vaccination (if such a vaccination is available to them) in order to be present on the premises.
Aged care providers are required to take all reasonable steps to ensure that these directions are being followed and a person does not enter or remain on the premises if they do not meet the influenza vaccination requirements. There are penalties that apply for the individual and for businesses that do not comply.
This advice conforms with the Deputy Chief Health Officer of Victoria’s Care Facilities Directions (No. 2). The Directions are in accordance with the declared a state of emergency throughout the State of Victoria due to the serious risk to public health in Victoria from coronavirus (COVID-19) and are consistent with the decisions made by National Cabinet announced by the Prime Minister on 18 March 2020.
COVID-19 Factsheet for residential aged care services, residents and visitors – 12 April 2020
Who should read this? This factsheet is for residential aged care facilities, residents and visitors during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Who can access or visit aged care services?
Access to residential aged care facilities has been restricted to essential services only to prevent introduction of coronavirus into the facility and transmission within the facility.
Family and loved ones can still visit aged care services. However, there will be restrictions.
All visitors entering a residential care facility will be required to undertake screening before entering the facility and must comply with infection control measures as directed by the residential aged care facility.
For dates and information about the State of Emergency please visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
Up to 100,000 Victorians will be tested for coronavirus over the next two weeks as part of a major testing blitz across the State, to better understand how the virus is spreading in the community and set us up for the potential easing of restrictions.
Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos today announced the massive expansion of testing, which will help inform decisions about slowly lifting restrictions, ahead of the State of Emergency being reviewed on 11 May.
BDH Media Release - COVID 19 Visitor Restrictions 18th March 2020
BDH now has visitor restrictions to visiting hours for residential care and acute care.
Visiting hours for Acute ward and Loddon Place (Aged Care) are 1100-1200 and 1600-1700 hours. Visiting outside of thse times is not permitted except in special circumstances and on a case by case basis.
Media Relase - Coronavirus Covid 19 information for residents of residential care services family members and visitors
Information for residents of residential aged care services, their family members and visitors Older people are more at risk of both contracting COVID-19, and having a serious illness as a result. Managers, staff, family, friends and residents need to work together to protect our most vulnerable community members. In order to protect older people, new restrictions on visits to aged care facilities apply. It is important staff, visitors and visiting workers take care to ensure they stay away from residential aged care services if they may have COVID-19. They should closely monitor their own health, and will be asked to provide details on their health status before entering a facility
BDH Media Release Letters to Residents & Visitors 13.3.2020
As part of our plan to reduce and contain any risk of COVID-19, we are requesting that people do not visit our aged care facility or hospital if they are unwell (particularly with fever or respiratory symptoms). This is because older people appear to be at risk of both contracting COVID-19, and having a serious illness as a result. As part of our plan to reduce and contain any risk of COVID-19, we are requesting that people do not visit our aged care facility or hospital if they are unwell (particularly with fever or respiratory symptoms). This is because older people appear to be at risk of both contracting COVID-19, and having a serious illness as a result.
Make 2020 the year you become more active, more often!
Come to the FREE strength training classes at the new outdoor fitness equipment at Nolen’s Park, Boort.
Classes will be hosted by Sherryn from SOFitness, starting at 10.15am Tuesday 4 February, and will run every Tuesday and Thursday throughout Term 1. Classes funded via Healthy Heart of Victoria Initiative
BDH Media Release - Consumer Mascots New Roles at BDH 18 November 2019
At Boort District Health (BDH) we are committed to providing person-centred care and respecting consumer choices at all times. After all, patients, clients, residents or consumers – whatever we choose to call them – they are the core reason why we all have jobs. They are the reason why we exist as a health service, our overall purpose. However, sometimes decisions may be inadvertently made in isolation without them, and we want to stop this from happening wherever possible and ensure our consumer’s voice is always taken into account. That is why we have created two new roles within our team - one that will go everywhere with the Board Chair and one that will go everywhere with the CEO. They will be very visible and remind us at every opportunity of our purpose.
Introducing our new Consumer Mascots, ROBBIE and KITTY …
BDH Media Release - Official Opening Dental & Maintenance 18 Nov 2019
Date/Time: Monday 18 November 2019 commencing at 3.00pm Location: Boort District Health, 31 Kiniry Street, Boort VIC 3537
DENTAL CLINIC: Boort District Health received $992,691 in February 2018 through the Victorian State Government’s Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (Round 2) to enable the relocation and expansion of the Boort Dental Clinic.
MAINTENANCE SHED / STORAGE FACILITY: Boort District Health received $90,000 in October 2018 through the Victorian State Government’s Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (Round 3) to enable construction of a purpose-built workshop and storage facility. The new facility allows us to increase our internal operational efficiency by significantly improving work areas for our maintenance staff and enabling integration of appropriate, safe, accessible storage space.
FUNDING: Dr Darren Clarke, BDH CEO, stated that "BDH is extremely appreciative of the financial assistance received to support these initiatives. Both projects were primarily funded through the Victorian Government’s Regional Health Infrastructure Fund. In addition, Dental Health Services Victoria provided $25,000 for a dental chair. The BDH Ladies Auxiliary has contributed in excess of $50,000 towards equipment for dental clinic in recent years. The Charlton and District Community Bank (Bendigo Bank) provided a $5,000 grant for an intra-oral x-ray system for the second dental chair."
BDH Welcomes New Resident Doctor
Boort District Health - Draft Strategic Plan 1.5.2019
Have your say on our Strategic Plan for 2019-2022 today!
Health Information - RFDS - Flying Doctor Wellbeing 1.3.2019
Flying Doctor Wellbeing, offered by the Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria, provides access to free mental health and wellbeing services for people living in rural and remote communities. This is a free and confidential support service to help you through tough times.
You can access up to six sessions with a mental health clinician without needing to leave your local community. Appointments are available face-to-face or via telehealth.
Flying Doctor mental health clinicians help you talk through your concerns, provide expert advice, resources and strategies. If necessary, clinicians will refer you to more specialised help. Building and maintaining mental health is just as important as physical health and Flying Doctor Wellbeing is designed to help.
Media Release - Healthy food choices on the menu in Boort 17.12.2018
Boort District Health (BDH) is making it much easier for staff and visitors to make healthier food and drink choices, by implementing a traffic light system of Red (limit), Amber (choose carefully) and Green (best choices) that forms part of the Victorian Government’s Healthy Choices guidelines. In doing so we have significantly increased our range of healthier food and drink options. The Healthy Choices framework was developed to help make sure that healthy foods and drinks are offered and promoted in places like hospitals, health services and workplaces.
Dr Bruce Bolam, Victoria’s Chief Preventive Health Officer, has applauded the efforts of all those involved at BDH, “As a community focal point for health leadership, hospitals and health services that provide healthier food and drink options triple the benefits: for patients, staff, and the community that visit.”
Health Information - Survive the heat Monday 24.12.2018
Media Release - The Loddon Times - Tuesday 18.12.2018
Information - Boort Medical Practice - Christmas Opening Hours
Media Release - 9News- Medical Practice will re-open its doors on Monday 30.11.2018
After months of uncertainty after Boort was left without a GP, the town's medical practice will re-open its doors on Monday.
Doctor at Boort District Health
Loddon LGA Health Information
Media Release - Loddon Times - Permanent GP on cards 9.10.2018
Media Release - New provider for Boort Medical Clinic - 5 October 2018
Boort District Health (BDH) has reached an agreement with Australian Health Industry Group (AHIG) to operate the Boort Medical Clinic from November 2018.
Media Release - Murray Medical Workforce - the 4 Pillars – future proofing the medical workforce
The Murray Medical Workforce has been meeting since December 2017 to attempt to address the GP shortage and need for proceduralists in rural communities, in particular in Kerang and Cohuna. Since then Boort and other rural areas have joined the group. The group has been well supported by peak bodies such as the Rural Doctors Association Victoria and Rural Workforce Agency Victoria, along with Department Health Human Services and Murray Primary Health Network, local health services, medical clinics and Local Government Areas (Gannawarra and Murray Shires).
Media Release - Loddon Times - Better Dental Care - 25.9.2018
Media Release - Tender process underway for improved dental facilities in Boort - 21.9.2018
Boort District Health (BDH) has embarked on an open tender process for construction of new dental facilities, co-located within the main healthcare complex. In the interim, until works are completed the Boort Dental Clinic will continue to operate as normal, offering dental services to both public and private patients in the existing facility adjacent to the Boort Medical Clinic.
Media - Herald Sun - Regional Victorians desperately need GPs and other health workers - 8.9.2018
Media Release - BDH Engaging with Potential Providers to Secure Medical Services - 29.8.2018
Following the announcement in late July that St Anthony’s Family Medical Practice will cease to operate the Boort Medical Practice at the end of October 2018, Boort District Health (BDH) is actively pursuing a range of possibilities in order to secure an ongoing medical presence locally.
Media Release - Boort Pursues new Medical Services Provider - 17.8.2018
Boort District Health (BDH) is pursuing a range of options to secure the future provision of medical services in Boort, following the announcement by St Anthony Family Medical Practice that it will cease to operate the Boort Medical Practice clinic from 31 October 2018.
Media Release - Boort Proudly Maintains Triple Accreditation - 15.8.2018
Throughout the past year, Boort District Health has participated in a broad range of external review processes, with each of the respective services being awarded ongoing accreditation for a corresponding further three year period.
Media Release - Business Opportunity - Expressions of Interest - Boort Medical Practice - 10.8.2018
Boort District Health is seeking expressions of interest for a commercial provider to continue operation of a well-established and recently renovated GP clinic, located opposite the local hospital, from 1 November 2018 onwards.
Media - Win News Bendigo - Boort District Health without a Doctor from 1st November 2018 - 1.8.2018
Boort will soon be without a doctor, after the St Andrews Medical Clinic advised it'll no longer service the town. The G-P service will end in November, leaving the area facing a critical medical professional shortage.
Media Release - Boort Push for Doctors - 26.7.2018
Boort District Health is working to secure a long-term medical presence in the town, following an announcement that the local GP clinic is closing from 1 November 2018.