31 July 2020

COVID-19 risk mitigation and the movement of healthcare workers

We are all aware of the importance of minimising the risk of transmission of COVID-19 as health care workers move across different units, campuses or health services as they do their jobs.

Agencies and staff who support health services also share this responsibility.

Health services do not have the general authority to restrict or prohibit healthcare worker movement outside of or across health services where that forms part of their ordinary work and is necessary for the provision of care or services.  

Health services can put in place measures to decrease the risks associated with healthcare worker movement within their own facilities.

Healthcare workers have a role in risk minimisation during movement outside of or across health services and while working in the community.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) regularly updates COVID-19 information and resources for health services and professionals including a recent DHHS fact sheet about the movement of healthcare workers and health service employees under help and support for healthcare workers.