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COVID UPDATE – Far North Response

WA is now in a high Covid case load environment. With community transmission in neighbouring communities and potentially within our own community we have now implemented the next stage of our Covid Response Plan. Acknowledgement and thanks to the Broome team across service delivery, therapy, support coordination and finance who have all been outstanding today. Kevin, we know you have had your leave planned for a while and we thank you for cancelling this and attending work to make sure everyone has adequate PPE and the distribution of Rapid Antigen Tests. Cathie, thanks and acknowledgement for coming in to the office this morning and for taking your laptop with you whilst on leave. Also to the people we support and their families, thank you for your understanding and for partnering with us to keep every-one safe and well. Our staff in Broome supporting people to live in their own homes are all now completing a Rapid Antigen Test prior to each shift. We have increased our cleaning routines, introduced more PPE and reviewed individual Covid Care Plans. As we implement the Covid Care Plans we are learning and being responsive, updating policy and process, this is a quickly moving situation. We will share the learnings with other regions. Please check Centro Assist for changes to the following;
  • Covid Mandatory Vaccination for Employees
  • Covid Testing for Participants
  • Covid Testing for Staff
  • Covid: When a person accessing services in a congregate SIL setting tests positive
  • Covid: When a person accessing accommodation services other than SIL tests positive
  • Covid: when a person living alone with SIL tests positive
Once again, thanks to every-one for your flexibility and team work and for doing all you can to ensure the people we support and your colleagues not only feel safe, but are well supported and all preventative measures are in place. For staff who were potentially exposed to Covid, we are glad you are well and have tested negative. Take care every-one Kathy Hough, CEO

Flood waters in Fitzroy have begun to subside, and the damage caused by the disaster is a confronting sight across the community.
Pictured top left is our Fitzroy Crossing office, with a water mark up to the windows visible.

We’ve unfortunately lost a modified vehicle and our newer Hilux to the floods. But as is often the way, the older Hilux looks to have survived – whilst serving as temporary shelter for the snake pictured in the left lower row.

Massive thanks and commendations to our remarkable team working in Fitzroy Crossing! We’d like to acknowledge our Fitzroy Coordinator Sim, who has shown remarkable leadership and resilience throughout the flood crisis. Throughout the flood crisis, our crew have been an inspiration and Far North Community Services could not be prouder of their amazing efforts. Far North would also like to extend huge thanks to Marra Worra Worra for all their assistance and for the dedicated work they have undertaken for the community.

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