Our Response to COVID-19
Monitoring & Preparation
There is no doubt the current circumstances the global community is facing with the outbreak of COVID-19 will change our way of life for the foreseeable future.
Over the past weeks DSA has been preparing for what this means for us now and what it might look like for our participants, our employees and our communities in the coming months.
Our priority, as always, is safeguarding our people – participants and employees alike.
An internal working party has been established and is taking a proactive approach in line with the Australian Government’s health advice and guidance.
DSA has developed a suite of Procedures specifically for our COVID-19 response:
- COVID-19 Case Management in Supported Accommodation
- COVID-19 Case Management in Community
- COVID-19 Confirmed Case Framework
Our people are our priority
DSA has policies and procedures in place to maintain high standards of infection control at our sites at all times. This helps to avoid the potential spread of coronavirus and other infectious diseases for our participants and also provides a safer workplace for our employees.
We have also developed procedures to enact should we have a close exposure or confirmed diagnosis of infection.
We are also working hard with our suppliers to ensure we have sufficient stocks of personal protective equipment on hand at all operational sites.
Visitor restrictions are in place
All visitors to DSA homes and sites must wash their hands or use a hand sanitiser before or upon entering the premises.
Our staff will ask visitors whether they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival and whether they have recently returned from overseas.
These are simple but important measures that can help protect our participants and employees as well as reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
Easy read information for participants
We have developed story boards and gathered a range of easy read fact sheets for our participants. Resources have been shared to our frontline teams so they can display information on good hygiene and effective handwashing, knowing the symptoms and preventative measures for COVID-19 at all DSA sites.
Impact on services
At this stage, supports at most DSA sites are continuing with some additional precautionary measures in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes all Home Solutions and Mentoring Services, employment support in our SLES and DES programs and supported employment in DSA Packaging Solutions. We have implemented a temporary suspension of service at our Braemar ADE facility and plan to re-open after Easter.
We’ve also made the difficult decision to suspend services at all of our Community Solutions day programs and wherever possible have made arrangements to provide alternate supports to maintain continuity of service.
Be assured that our team is doing everything possible to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of the people we support and our employees, safeguarding our people is vital.