Updates have been made to the Residential Aged Care Direction in South Australia.
The Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 15) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 16) (COVID-19) Direction 2020. This new Direction came into effect at 10.15am on Thursday 3 December 2020.
This Direction has been amended to clarify the meaning of a Residential Aged Care Facility, the requirement to wear a mask and maintain contact tracing records. The contents of the previous Direction are largely still in place.
The following changes have been made to the Residential Aged Care Direction in South Australia:
Definition of a Residential Aged Care Facility
The requirements under this Direction apply to a Residential Aged Care Facility defined as:
A facility with accommodation where personal care and/or nursing care is provided to a person who a received a residential care subsidy or flexible care subsidy under the Aged Care Act 1997 Cth;
The aged care portion of a Multi-purpose Service (MPS) in which accommodation and personal care and/or nursing care is provided to aged care residents in aged care beds; or
A section of a regional hospital which provides State funded residential aged care beds.
Masks in a Residential Aged Care Facility
All people who are at a Residential Aged Care Facility (other than a resident or child under 12 years of age) must wear a mask which covers their mouth and nose at all times when in the presence of other people.
Exceptions to this include:
If in the professional opinion of a service provider/carer the wearing of a mask will hinder the provision of relevant care or impact a residents safety or wellbeing;
If a person has a relevant medical condition including problems with their breathing, a serious condition of the face, a disability or mental health condition;
Where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication such as to enable communication by or with any person who is deaf or hard hearing; and
When a person is eating or drinking.
Contact Tracing in a Residential Aged Care Facility
The operators of a Residential Aged Care Facility must maintain a register or all visitors, volunteers, visiting healthcare professionals and contractors at the point of entry.
Details that must be recorded include;
Date and time of the visit and departure; and
The name of the resident or area of the facility the person visited.
Accurate staff records must also be kept to allow timely contact tracing by SA Health should a confirmed case of COVID-19 be present in a Residential Aged Care Facility.
These records must be kept and made immediately available for inspection on request for contact tracing purposes.
The information above only highlights the changes key made and does not reflect all requirements under the Residential Aged Care Facilities No 16. Members of the public are encouraged to see the full direction for further information.
If you require further information you can call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 9am to 5pm 7 days per week or go to the SA Health website at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au or www.sa.gov.au/covid-19
Man caught nearly 3 times over limit in possession of firearms at Waddamana – Tasmania Police
Man caught nearly 3 times over limit in possession of firearms at Waddamana
Thursday, 3 December 2020 – 12:37 pm.
A 39 year old Perth man has been caught driving nearly three times over the limit while possessing firearms at Waddamana in the central highlands.
Police remind the community of their obligations when handling firearms and consuming alcohol following an operation between Tasmania Police and Park Rangers last Friday (27 November).
Police apprehended the man driving nearly three times over the limit, in possession of several firearms including a loaded firearm, with children also present in the vehicle. One of the children was also in possession of a firearm.
Senior Sergeant Parker of Oatlands Police said that wildlife rangers and police were disappointed to apprehend the man driving a vehicle at Waddamana in the central highlands in the circumstances that they did.
“This should be a reminder to the public that police and rangers are regularly out looking for offenders in remote areas and that people should simply not risk themselves and others by driving in these types of circumstances,” Senior Sergeant Parker said.
“Firearms and alcohol are a terrible combination and we were certainly lucky in this situation that a serious incident was averted.”
Senior Sergeant Parker said that the man’s drivers licence was disqualified on the spot for 12 months and his firearms were seized.
A 39 year old Perth man will be summonsed for Exceeding .05 namely 0.142, firearms offences and wildlife offences.
Serious Motor Vehicle Crash Calder Road, Wynyard – Tasmania Police
Serious Motor Vehicle Crash Calder Road, Wynyard
Thursday, 3 December 2020 – 4:25 am.
Approximately 11.30pm on Wednesday 2nd December 2020 Police attended a single vehicle car crash on Calder Road Wynyard, which resulted in a white Hyundai Excel flipping onto its roof.
At the time of the crash, the vehicle contained three male occupants. All three were conveyed to the North West Regional Hospital with the rear passenger in a serious condition.
Initial enquiries indicate the vehicle was travelling south immediately before the crash.
Anyone who observed the crash, or the vehicle immediately prior, is requested to contact Burnie Police Station or Crime Stoppers.
Investigations into the cause of the crash are ongoing.
Information can be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at crimestopperstas.com.au
The search for a man who went missing last Friday in Lake Alexandrina south of Adelaide, has resumed this morning.
On Friday morning 27 November, two men set off on an inflatable canoe from Sheoak Road just north of Milang and failed to return.
Water Operations Unit officers coordinated a search and rescue effort which included local police, Sea Rescue Squadron boats and PolAir.
Later that afternoon, one of the missing men, a 19-year-old from Elizabeth Vale, was found floating in the water and was treated by SA Ambulance crews for hypothermia.
The empty inflatable canoe was also located.
Sadly the second man, a 31-year-old Brahma Lodge man wasn’t found and the search continued over the weekend.
This morning , Thursday 3 December, members of the Police Water Operations Unit and Sea Rescue Squadron have returned to the region to resume the search, after poor weather conditions halted the operation the previous two days.
The search of the area using jetskis and hovercraft commenced at 8am from the Milang Boat ramp.
A teenager has suffered critical injuries after a car crashed into a pole at Gawler East in the early hours of this morning.
Just before 12.45am on Thursday 3 December, Barossa patrols attempted to stop a Mitsubishi Lancer on Gozzard Street at Gawler East however the car refused to stop and it was last seen heading north on Duffield Street.
The car was pursued for a short time before the patrol terminated due to safety reasons.
Minutes later the patrol located the Lancer crashed into a stobie pole on Daly Street. The driver had left the scene.
A 16-year-old girl of no fixed address, seated in the rear passenger seat, suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. A 21-year-old man from no fixed address suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Lyell McEwin Hospital where he was treated.
Police are still searching for the driver of the Mitsubishi Lancer.
Major Crash officers attended the scene and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.
Anyone with information that may assist is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Two have been arrested after a house break and the theft of two cars in the early hours of this morning at Munno Para West.
Just before 4am on Thursday 3 December, Northern District patrols were called to Librandi Street after reports of a house break-in and the theft a car.
Police were quickly on scene and set up cordons. The stolen white Hyundai sedan was spotted travelling on Curtis Road and then south onto Main North Road.
Further enquiries revealed a second car, a silver Mazda 3 sedan, was also stolen from the property.
The Police Helicopter (PolAir) took over the pursuit and tracked the two stolen cars travelling together onto John Rice Avenue and through the back streets of Elizabeth Vale.
Both stolen cars were dumped on Corton Street and the suspects attempted to flee the scene on foot.
Patrols located the suspects a short distance away on Shaftesbury Road where they were arrested without incident.
A 32–year-old man from no fixed address and a 43–year-old woman from Munno Para were charged with aggravated serious criminal trespass, illegal use and driving disqualified. They were both refused police bail to appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court later today.