Important Updates

COVID Vaccination Update (Health Direction) – 22 October 2021

The State Government recently announced a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy with a phased approach to a wide range of occupations and workforces in Western Australia. This will enable industries and workforces to safely prepare for the continuity of services in the event of expected community transmission.

The WA Chief Health Officer has determined that certain occupations and industries are at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19, or have a greater potential to transmit to vulnerable members of the community. Some workforces are themselves critical to the functioning of our society and there would be major impacts if they became infected with COVID-19. Vaccination aims to reduce any transmission risk associated with these cohorts continuing to move around the community and to ensure the continuation of the services to the community.

All staff employed by Cam Can fall into Group 1 ‘Occupations in which risk is sufficient due to high transmission, vulnerability or necessary to avoid catastrophic risk to safety of the community’ (see attached). Group 1 requires a first dose by 1 December 2021 and full vaccination by 31 December 2021.

All staff are eligible to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of your age. However, you can also choose to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine. The Moderna vaccine is also available from selected community pharmacies. You will need to ensure you have received both doses of your chosen COVID-19 vaccination prior to the required date of 31 December 2021. You can get vaccinated at state-run COVID-19 clinics, at participating, GP respiratory clinic, pharmacies or Aboriginal Medical Services. You can learn more about the COVID-19 vaccination by visiting www.rollup.wa.gov.au or speaking directly to your GP.

Exemptions on medical grounds must be obtained from the Australian Immunisation Register using their IM011 form. This must be completed by your GP or specialist medical practitioner and submitted to the Australian Immunisation Register for assessment. Where an exemption is provided by them, this needs to be provided to Cam Can as proof of exemption by 1 December 2021.

Cam Can have a responsibility to ensure all staff are vaccinated or exempt from vaccination. Cam Can will require all staff to comply with the direction not to enter or work at a location if unvaccinated and to provide evidence to Cam Can of their vaccination status. Cam Can are required to keep records (including copies of the evidence of vaccination) and ensure unvaccinated staff are not permitted to work. It is an offence for a person to fail, without reasonable excuse, to comply with any of the directions. This is punishable by a fine of up to $20,000 for individuals and $100,000 for businesses.

The WA Chief Health Officer has approved the following forms of evidence as proof of vaccination against COVID-19:

  • an Australian Government COVID-19 vaccination certificate or an Immunisation History Statement recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register
  • written confirmation issued by the Department of the COVID-19 vaccination received by them

Cam Can requires all staff to provide evidence of first dose by 1 December 2021 and full vaccination by 31 December 2021. This can be done by emailing info@camcan.org.au – if you have already been vaccinated then please provide this information as soon as possible. Equally, if you don’t intend to get vaccinated, please let Cam Can know as soon as possible by emailing info@camcan.org.au as you will not be able to continue working past the 1 December 2021 – our Members are always front and centre and we will need to put alternative arrangements in place to safeguard their supports.

I’d like to encourage everyone who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine to get one as soon as possible. Vaccination significantly reduces the risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19, and helps reduce the rate of transmission. The mandatory vaccination policy is based on health advice which is determined based on industry and workforce risk profiles and the proportionate risk of a job being undertaken.

COVID Update (Health Direction) – October 2021

On 22 September 2021, the Department of Health released a COVID Vaccination Direction to address COVID-19 risks and infection in WA health care settings.  The Direction is another step closer to Governments requiring mandatory employee vaccinations in certain settings, particularly those supporting vulnerable people.  In recent times, we have seen this in aged care, now in health, and it is likely disability will not be far away.  For the safety of our Members, yourselves, and each other, Cam Can strongly encourage all Members and staff to vaccinate against the risk and infection of COVID-19 as soon as possible.

The COVID Vaccination Direction has implications for Cam Can staff who directly support one or more Members. This includes Support Workers, Coordinators and Managers/Administrators who may need to provide a service in a health facility.  Although this is an infrequent scenario, it does happen.  Examples may be attending a hospital (including ED), a COVID clinic, or a community clinic with a member. In these scenarios, Cam Can staff may be considered as a “health support worker” and may not be permitted into the health facility.

10-year Cam Can Anniversary – June 2021

In June 2021, Cam Can turned ten!  We are so proud to have achieved this important milestone, and thank everyone involved along the way.  Some of our Members and staff have been with us for the entire period, and to those very special people, we say ‘thank you’.

To recognise this important step in our development, a Commemorative Journal has been developed by Anthea Lema, Director at Cam Can.  You can read more about how we started (ten years ago with a lap-top in the family home where we supported a very small number of people) to where we are now.  The Journal is located here.

COVIDSafe Tracking and Safety App – May 2020

The COVIDSafe tracking app has been launched and is available for both Apple and android phones. COVIDSafe has been designed to keep all Australians safe by being able to quickly contact people who may have unknowingly been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The app will ask for your name (or pseudonym), age range, postcode and phone number. The Australian government’s COVIDSafe tracking app won’t be mandatory to download and install, but could play a part in easing Covid-19 restrictions

Cam Can acknowledges the rights of Members to make an informed choice as to whether they install the COVIDSafe app. As an organisation Cam Can are keen to ensure the safety and health of our Members and staff. Cam Can acknowledge the advice of the Australian Chief Medical Officer in stating that the installation of the app is in the best interests of public health and safety. Cam Can encourage staff to install COVIDSafe on their phones, and are able to assist Members to install the app on their smart device if they require any assistance with this matter.

Please read the comprehensive information on the COVIDSafe app below, so as to make an informed choice on whether to install the COVIDSafe app.

Past Updates

Updates prior to May 2020 are available upon request