Coronavirus Update


Tuesday 19 May 2020

Good afternoon all,

Please find the following information providing staff with an update on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pandemic Restrictions:
As highlighted last week, we are committed to providing staff, participants and families / guardians with a high-level plan that will outline our approach to the eventual relaxation of restrictions.

I am pleased to confirm that a preliminary plan has now been drafted, and is currently being reviewed and further refined, ready for distribution next week as part of our regular COVID-19 updates.

Flu Season
Feeling unwell? Our advice continues to be ‘stay at home’.

If you are feeling unwell, it is important to stay at home for two reasons:

  1. To rest and recover: If people force themselves to work when they are really unwell, they may end up being sicker for longer; and
  2. To avoid making your co-workers and / or participants sick, which can happen even if you are feeling ok.

Feeling unwell and COVID-19:

  • If you are sick and unsure if you have COVID-19 symptoms, cal the government’s 24/7 National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080. If you need translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.
  • If you are sick and have symptoms of COVID-19, call your GP’s office to discuss your options, instead of arriving at the doctor’s office without prior arrangement and putting others at risk.

Sick leave entitlements:

  • If you are a full-time employee, you are entitled to take at least 10 days (pro-rata for part-time employees) of personal or carer’s leave each year. This includes for sickness.
  • If you are taking sick leave, you must let your House / Team Leader or Manager know as soon as you possibly can. Or notify the house for after hours to find a replacement.
  • If Mercy Connect reasonably requests it, the employee must provide evidence (like a doctor’s certificate) to show the leave was legitimate.
  • If you have exhausted personal or carer’s leave entitlements, the payment of annual leave instead will only be approved in extenuating circumstances by your relevant Manager and People and Culture.

Together we grow.

Trent Dean
Chief Executive Officer