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Managing COVID in Relief Centres Training - I'm not sure if this is for EHO's or something we should brush up on?

16 November 2020

Posted by: Callum Morrison

Emergency Management Victoria, in partnership with DHHS and a couple of Metro and Regional LGA’s are developing a package for nominated persons to gain the skills to undertake the role of a COVID-19 Safety Advisor. Reporting to the Relief Centre Manager, this role will monitor the actions of a physical / drive-through ERC (operated by Councils) to ensure that activities are happening in a COVID-safe way. The necessary training will be delivered across two modules: 1. Fundamentals of Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) 2. ERC specific application of the role. DHHS has identified a pre-existing online training https://covid-19training.gov.au/login that meets the expectations of Module 1 training. The training module to complete is the “Infection Control training – Covid 19”. This course, developed by the Commonwealth Department of Health, covers coronavirus (COVID-19) background, hand washing, mask wearing etc. Staff need to register (email and password) to access this FREE course. The second module is still in production, but will focus on the specific details to how the role will function in an ERC space. Being conscious of greater than average rainfall predictions from now until the new year for our patch of the state, I would suggest that you in conjunction with your MRM’s identify a few staff in your respective Councils’ that will be able to perform the role and complete the first module (see above Fed Gov hyperlink), in readiness for the second module (which will ideally be available by the end of this month). Discussions are still occurring as to how this second module will be delivered. Once complete, an Advisory Bulletin will be released by EMV outlining the whole process.
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Mt Resilience - Emergency Management Township Simulations

27 October 2020

Posted by: Callum Morrison

Search for this on your hand held device to zoom in and look around a simulated emergency on your floor or table ! This technology has enormous potential applications for environmental health. Imagine being able to look at a 3D Model of a best practice Food Premises or a range of septic tank systems on a restaurant table top or a car bonnet. Contrast this to the kitchens and septics from hell !! What does "Environmental Health Civilisation" look like ? abc.net.au/mtresilience
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