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Aged care home in staff shortage amid COVID- 19 outbreak January 2022 An aged care home in Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs was urgently seeking staff over the holidays as 22 residents test positive for COVID-19 and paramedics are called in to work at the facility. It comes on Christmas day as SA Health reports constantly increaasing number of new COVID-19 cases. Twelve of those affected, were in hospital — four of whom were in intensive care. The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation SA Branch posted a job advertisement for Bene Italian Village in St Agnes, saying the COVID-19 outbreak had forced many of the facility’s workers into isolation. According to the ABC, “the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation has received an urgent appeal from Bene Aged Care … who are in dire need of staff due to a COVID-19 outbreak,” the advertisement read. “They are in desperate need of registered nurses, enrolled nurses and care workers to cover shifts over this holiday period.” The facility will pay all workers 25 per cent above their enterprise bargain rates, after securing assistance from the Department for Health and Wellbeing. Nursing staff who are interested in helping have been asked to urgently apply. The call-out came 10 days after SA Health confirmed two healthcare workers who tested positive to COVID-19 had visited at least 22 aged care facilities across Adelaide’s suburbs. It is not clear if Bene Italian Village was one of those sites. Meanwhile, the state’s Ambulance Employee Association (AEA) said paramedics were called to fill in for staff at the facility on Christmas Eve, and have been asked to help again on Christmas night. AEA SA industrial officer Josh Karpowicz said the “urgent plea for assistance was completely unprecedented. There’s never before been a time where paramedics have been requested to assist with nursing duties,” Mr Karpowicz said.
Greek Tribune Adelaide, South Australia
© 2021 Greek Community Tribune All Rights Reserved
Aged care home in staff shortage amid COVID-19 outbreak January 2022 An aged care home in Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs was urgently seeking staff over the holidays as 22 residents test positive for COVID-19 and paramedics are called in to work at the facility. It comes on Christmas day as SA Health reports constantly increaasing number of new COVID-19 cases. Twelve of those affected, were in hospital — four of whom were in intensive care. The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation SA Branch posted a job advertisement for Bene Italian Village in St Agnes, saying the COVID-19 outbreak had forced many of the facility’s workers into isolation. According to the ABC, “the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation has received an urgent appeal from Bene Aged Care … who are in dire need of staff due to a COVID-19 outbreak,” the advertisement read. “They are in desperate need of registered nurses, enrolled nurses and care workers to cover shifts over this holiday period.” The facility will pay all workers 25 per cent above their enterprise bargain rates, after securing assistance from the Department for Health and Wellbeing. Nursing staff who are interested in helping have been asked to urgently apply. The call-out came 10 days after SA Health confirmed two healthcare workers who tested positive to COVID-19 had visited at least 22 aged care facilities across Adelaide’s suburbs. It is not clear if Bene Italian Village was one of those sites. Meanwhile, the state’s Ambulance Employee Association (AEA) said paramedics were called to fill in for staff at the facility on Christmas Eve, and have been asked to help again on Christmas night. AEA SA industrial officer Josh Karpowicz said the “urgent plea for assistance was completely unprecedented. There’s never before been a time where paramedics have been requested to assist with nursing duties,” Mr Karpowicz said.
Greek Tribune
Adelaide, South Australia