Coronavirus (Covid-19) Response

19-02-2020
 
We have been monitoring the global situation regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19). This is a dynamic situation and our response is being evaluated on a daily basis. 
 
We want to assure our community that any student who is present at College and in classes is meant to be here and will be warmly welcomed. We're proud of the way our College community has rallied to demonstrate compassion, respect and support to those who have been impacted by these unusual circumstances. 
 
Please read below the ICMS response measures for all students, staff, campus visitors and contractors.
 
 

LATEST

The Australian Government Department of Home Affairs has advised:

If you have been in mainland China from 1 Feb 2020, and you are not an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or an immediate family member (spouse, minor dependent or legal guardian) of an Australian citizen or permanent resident, do not travel to Australia at this time.

ICMS RESPONSE


Students who have travelled within mainland China and are unable to fly to Australia due to the government travel ban:

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If you had been planning to start your studies this term and are unable to travel to Australia at this time, we want to assure you that our admissions and academic teams are working hard to on a study plan for you. We have a number of possible options for you which could include: delayed start date (late enrolment) or a Mid-Term intake (reduced study load).

The Australian Government is permitting all Colleges and Universities to offer flexible solutions to students who are affected by these unusual circumstances. As you will not be permitted to attend any campus or accommodation after leaving mainland China, we will help you to adjust your start date so that you are able to complete the required 14 days of self-isolation before you come to campus. 
 
The table below will explain the support that we have put into place for our students in China or in self-isolation either in Australia or in another country. Individual plans will depend on when students believe they will be able to arrive on campus. Of course, we do not know when the travel ban will be lifted so please continue to keep in contact with our staff who will advise you individual study plans as the situation develops. 

REMEMBER 

1. Declare any travel to China after 1 January 2020 on the Travel Declaration e-form

2. You must have been outside of mainland China for at least 14 days before arriving on campus. 

3. Email us a copy of your boarding pass, itinerary or passport showing your date of leaving China (if you went to China this year). Email [email protected].

4. Email us a doctor’s certificate after completing the isolation period if you went to China this year. Email [email protected].

Students who travelled in mainland China any time after 1 January 2020 and who are already back in Australia.

If you are already in Australia, let us know how you are feeling and when you arrived in Australia. If you travelled to mainland China after the 1st January 2020 year you'll have to have completed a 14 day self-isolation period and send us a doctor's clearance certificate before you can attend campus or accommodation facilities. To ensure you are able to start this term on the scheduled date you must fill out the e-form. Failure to respond may result in you being unable to attend campus until all conditions have been met. We do appreciate your cooperation in these circumstances. 

If you have not already done so, please let us know your current circumstances by filling out the e-form now and one of our staff will contact you to discuss your options. 


If you have any questions about your specific circumstances or to update us on your situation, please contact ICMS staff member Jackie Chang (Mandarin-speaker) at [email protected] or email [email protected].

Any student who is unwell should not attend classes. Seek medical attention as soon as possible. 

What if I think I might be getting ill?

If you develop a fever, a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath you should:
 
Immediately isolate yourself from other people
Wear a mask (if available)
Seek medical attention as soon as possible
 
If students feel unwell and suspect it might be the Coronavirus, they should phone ahead to speak to the doctor in the emergency department so that appropriate arrangements can be made to protect others. The doctor can assess the situation and may recommend that the student attend a nearby emergency department. If so call ahead before attending the emergency department. Please contact the local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055 and provide details so that the Public Health Unit can follow up as necessary.
 
Overseas students can also call the Medibank OSHC Health and Support Line on 1800 887 283. Medibank have updated all nursing staff who take calls.

What precautions can I take?

We ask students, staff and visitors to take the precautions advised by the public health experts including:
  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider
  • Please observe and comply with health-related signage around the campus

For more information about simple personal hygiene practices to reduce exposure to illness visit: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

Travel Advice
 
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade also has advice for travellers, including those returning from a destination with reported cases: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/news-and-updates/novel-coronavirus-outbreak
 
Health Advice

NSW Health is updating information regularly via its website:  https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx They have also issued specific advice for students returning or commencing university studies. https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/alerts/Pages/coronavirus-faqs.aspx#sec3

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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