This week’s recap of COVID-19 related staff communications

Here’s a recap of all-staff communications related to DEW’s COVID-19 response from the previous week. You can access these communications in full on the COVID-19 page (internal access only) of the DEW Staff Hub

Please note that Citrix access is not required to access the DEW Staff Hub.

COVID-19 Update 21 October: Attending work in a COVID-safe manner

Executive Director Sandy Carruthers thanked staff for the manner in which they have begun to return to worksites. Staff were reminded that as more people return to worksites, it is important to only attend on their agreed, fixed days in the office. This ensures COVID safe social distancing can be maintained and that contact tracing can be done efficiently if needed at some time in the future.

An update was provided on the following COVID related matters.

  • First Aid Officers coverage: To ensure there is coverage of First Aid Officers during the return to worksites process, there is now updated signage on each floor of the Waymouth Street office listing the First Aid Officers available throughout the building. At other offices, managers are currently undertaking worksite compliance reviews, part of which will confirm that First Aid Officers’ information is correct and up to date for all worksites.
  • Headphones and webcams for Teams meetings: Headphones and webcams can be ordered via the ICT portal. Please note that stock is coming in slowly due to significant global delays.
  • Teams enabled meeting rooms: The following meeting rooms have now been set up with video conferencing equipment to enable Teams meetings: 4.7, 6.5 and 7.5. To ensure maximum use of these facilities, at this stage staff are asked to only use these rooms when they will book them to capacity, not for one on ones or recurrent bookings. If plans change, please cancel bookings in a timely manner so others can use these facilities. Equipment has been ordered so that at least one meeting room per floor can be set up, likely by late November. Staff will be kept updated.
  • Meeting room hygiene: As more staff return to worksites, meeting rooms are in demand. Staff were reminded of DEW’s meeting protocols as detailed in the COVID Update regarding face to face meetings, and asked to ensure that meetings rooms are always left in a clean and hygienic state with all rubbish etc. removed to protect the health of others. You can find out more about how to hold face-to-face meetings in a COVID-safe manner in the update which can be found on the COVID-19 page (internal access only).

A reminder to notify your manager immediately as per the updated ‘COVID-19 what to do if you or your staff are unwell’ protocol.

Other useful resources: and Facebook page @sahealth

Australian Government Coronavirus Health Information Line: 1800 020 080