COVID-19 Information for WCHN Staff
This page provides staff of the Women’s and Children’s Health Network with the latest information and updates about our response to COVID-19.
The information is reviewed and updated regularly. Please avoid printing or circulating hardcopies as they may become out of date.
Any WCHN staff member, Spotless and Statewide Services, and their immediate household members, who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have been identified as a close contact of a known COVID-19 case must complete the WCHN Staff Exposure Form.
Once submitted, the WCHN COVID Response Team will contact you to discuss your personal circumstances.
Staff can return to work on Day 8 following their positive COVID-19 test, so long as they are asymptomatic.
Close contact isolation requirements for South Australians can be found on the SA Health website.
The definition for people who are close contacts of a positive COVID-19 case include:
- A person who is a household member or an intimate partner of a COVID-19 case during their relevant period; or
- A person who has had close personal interaction with a COVID-19 cases for a cumulative period of 4 hours or more during their relevant period; or
- A person who has been identified by SA Health that they are a close contact with a COVID-19 case.
Close personal interaction between a person and a COVID-19 case means interaction:
- Where masks are not worn by the person and the COVID-19 case; and
- In close proximity (within 1.5 metres of each other).
People with COVID-19 are considered infectious two days before their symptoms started or if they didn’t have any noticeable symptoms, they are considered infectious two days before they had their positive COVID-19 test taken.
If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, get a PCR test as soon as possible.
For more information on what to do if you are deemed to be a close contact, visit this page of the SA Health website.
Staff classified as a close contact should immediately notify their line manager and complete the WCHN Staff Exposure Form.
Staff will be provided with 5 RATs to take over 7 days and staff can return to the workplace so long as they are asymptomatic and return a negative RAT.
Staff will also need to follow any additional work requirements as outlined by the WCHN COVID Response Team.
WCHN COVID Response Team
The team is available:
- Monday to Friday: 8.00am to 4.40pm
This service will not be attended to over the weekends from 17 September. If you have an urgent query over the weekend, please contact the After-Hours Coordinator via switchboard on 8161 7000.
The Staff Testing and Patient Screening Clinic at 55 King William Road ceased operations on Friday, 9 September. Any staff requiring PCR are encouraged to visit an external community testing site.
The Voluntary RAT program ended on 9 September.
If you return a COVID-19 positive result from a RAT or PCR, you will need to:
- isolate as per SA Health testing, isolating and quarantine requirements
- inform your line manager
- follow the process outlined in COVID exposure reporting (above), including completing the WCHN Staff Exposure Form.
For community services staff:
- follow the above 3 steps and the local requirements of your site (e.g. COVID safe measures and requirements – Department of Education).
The WCHN Living with COVID plan aims to recover, restore and recreate our ways of working through our COVID-19 response and beyond.
The plan commenced on 1 July and marks the transition from CoSTAT measures.
This plan will guide and support teams to work through each phase for their own ways of working, starting with recover and restore.
Read our plan on a page for WCH and Community Staff at the links below.
The full Living with COVID plan is also available on the WCHN Intranet.
Under the Emergency Management (Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination No 5) (COVID-19) Direction 2022 all people working in healthcare settings must receive a booster of a TGA-approved COVID-19 vaccine.
This means all WCHN staff must have had, or have evidence of a booking to have, a booster dose within four weeks of becoming eligible.
People aged 18 years and over are eligible to receive the booster dose four months after receiving the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Staff are required to provide proof of their vaccination status to their Line Manager.
A number of wellbeing resources are available for staff on the WCHN COVID-19 SharePoint site.
Working from home and ICT links
WCHN staff who have a valid work email address can access their work emails through an internet browser via the Outlook Web Access (OWA) email interface.
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) for Microsoft 365 is required when working remotely on a personal device but not connected via SA Health’s VPN.
For more information on using MFA with your device, see the following Information sheets.