Department of Health

Andrew Wilson, the Chief Medical Officer, speaks about the importance of staff completing declarations to consider their health before they start work

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Hi, I’m Andrew Wilson, Victoria’s Chief Medical Officer.

As restrictions ease, the Victorian Government is implementing a range of infection prevention and control initiatives to make workplaces safer for Victorian healthcare workers and the wider community.

Coronavirus is highly infectious and causes only mild symptoms in some people.

To help slow the spread of the virus we recommend primary care providers ask all clinical and non-clinical practice staff to complete a daily attestation before starting each shift.

A daily attestation, or declaration, reminds everyone to consider their health before they start work.

Staff will be asked to confirm they are free of coronavirus symptoms and that they have not had contact with someone confirmed to have coronavirus in the past 14 days.

This helps the community feel safe to return to their GP and other health services.

It will ensure clinics are safe for patients and the people who work in them.

We all have a role to play to keep our workplaces and community safe.

Please stay home if you are unwell and get tested if you have any symptoms.

And remember, financial support is available for Victorian workers who need to isolate while waiting for test results.

Thank you.

Reviewed 15 September 2021