About the project

Monash University is providing free face-to-face PPE training to Victoria’s aged care facilities (RACFs) in partnership with the Victorian Government to assist in COVID-19 outbreak prevention. As phase 1 of the project, we provided a rapid response with targeted RACFs.

We are now welcoming bookings from all RACFs across Victoria without any current cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) among their staff and residents. If your RACF is experiencing an outbreak, please contact the DHHS for appropriate support from their outbreak response teams.

Our aim is to create resilient RACFs.

In order to achieve this, we will:

  1. Build on existing online education resources (which you can start now)
  2. Provide a comprehensive, free 1.5 hour face-to-face training session to any RACF who opts in (if your RACF is in outbreak, we will need to postpone the session until the DHHS outbreak teams have helped you to resolve the outbreak)
  3. Provide the training to attendees as nominated by the RACF, from any role within the facility.
  4. Ask each RACF to nominate up to two 'champions'. We will work closely with these champions for an additional 30 minutes at the end of the group training session, empower them with training materials and give them ongoing email support so that they can be confident to upskill other staff at your facility.
  5. We will provide up to 20 members of your staff with a licence to the Virtual Reality PPE Simulation. The Virtual Reality PPE Simulation has been designed specifically to support competency development and continued learning upon the completion of the Monash University PPE face-to-face education sessions.
  6. This platform will immerse participants into an online aged care facility, where they will be presented with realistic clinical scenarios and healthcare characters who require assistance with donning and doffing PPE. The simulation enables ongoing training; virtual healthcare workers speak, listen and interact with participants. The scenarios will present cases that require participants to make decisions related to prevention of infection and selection of appropriate PPE to support safe donning and doffing practice. The Virtual Reality PPE Simulation is updated regularly so that you are practicing with the latest advice.

    Competition

    Monash University are offering four prizes to facilities that use the Virtual Reality PPE Simulation. Aged care facilities that have the greatest percentage of their staff activating their virtual reality licence will go into a draw to win a $500 Voucher. Participants must log in and create a profile using the username and password provided, ensuring that they complete donning and doffing of PPE for at least one character.  Close of competition has been extended to Wednesday 31 March 2021. Winners will be notified on Thursday 1 April 2021 by telephone.