Keep Healthy: Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

ICMS is monitoring the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) respiratory illness outbreak on a daily basis. 
Please read this carefully and take appropriate action as advised.
 
KEY POINTS:
  • Transition to Online Study from Monday 23 March until the end of the February study period. We will also continue to deliver all courses online for the Undergraduate and Foundation May trimester, Postgraduate July semester and ELICOS sessions 4, 5 and 6, unless the situation changes and allows for on campus delivery to be resumed.

  • ICMS continues to have no known cases of COVID-19 within our community.

  • International students please read Specific Advice for International Students.

  • On Campus Students please read Specific Information for Residential Students.

  • Residential students will recieve further information on 'social distancing' measures that are being implemented on campus.

  • Bans on gatherings of more than 100 people have been introduced by the Australian Government.

 
WORLDWIDE
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has been assessing the Coronavirus outbreak and have released a statement explaining that they are ‘deeply concerned’ both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the ‘alarming levels of inaction’. They have said that COVID-19 can now be characterised as a ‘pandemic’. At ICMS we do not want to cause unreasonable fear but neither do we want to be ‘inactive’. In the effort to prevent the virus coming onto our campus we are now requesting our staff and students to modify behaviour and travel. We know that the virus can be mild in the young and healthy but please bear in mind that we need to do whatever we can to protect all members of our wider community. 
 

TRAVEL ADVICE

The Australian Government is currently restricting entry to people travelling from mainland China, Iran, Italy and South Korea (Republic of Korea) to Australia.

For up-to-date information and advice for safe travel overseas and whether you should or shouldn’t cancel your trip, check the most recent updates on:

Smart Traveller

Department of Health

Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) statement

 

The Australian Government has also advised that as of Monday 16th March all travellers returning or arriving from overseas must self-isolate for 14 days. This applies to everyone, even if you have no symptoms.  Please follow the home isolation guidance.

ON CAMPUS

As advised by NSW Government Health, our College is rolling out social distancing measures on campus. For now normal attendance expectations remain for all International and Domestic students who have already been admitted on campus. Social distancing measures already implemented include event postponements until 30th April. This includes the Deans/Scholarship Ceremony, Graduation, and industry training's  “Career Hub”. On campus students will notice extended health measures and requirements. We request that students read below to learn how to best modify their behaviour while social distancing. 

On 18th March the Australian Government announced a ban on all gatherings of more than 100 people and highly recommend the quick adoption of social distancing measures. 

Other students who are already on campus have all been through the appropriate ICMS response measures, assessed on a case by case basis. Those that have been asked to complete a 14 days’ self-isolation and send in a ‘fit-for-work’ medical certificate will have already done so if they on campus. [email protected].

WHAT 'SOCIAL DISTANCING' MEANS

The WHO has said that ‘pandemic’ is not a word they use lightly but they do want us all to take ‘urgent and aggressive action’ to prevent the spread.
 
The NSW Government has advised that social distancing is an effective measure, but it is recognised that it cannot be practised in all situations and the aim is to generally reduce potential for transmission.
 
While practising social distancing, people can travel to work (including public transport). For non-essential activities outside the workplace or attendance at schools, universities and childcare - social distancing includes:
  • avoiding crowds and mass gatherings where it is difficult to keep the appropriate distance away from others
  • avoiding small gatherings in enclosed spaces, for example family celebrations
  • attempting to keep a distance of 1.5 metres between themselves and other people where possible, for example when they are out and about in public place.
  • avoiding shaking hands, hugging, or kissing other people
  • avoiding visiting vulnerable people, such as those in aged care facilities or hospitals, infants, or people with compromised immune systems due to illness or medical treatment

WHO SHOULD PRACTISE 'SOCIAL DISTANCING'?

Everyone should practice social distancing, as it reduces the potential for transmission.
 

SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Shortness of Breath

IF YOU START TO FEEL UNWELL

If you feel unwell at all - do not come to campus. If you do suspect you have any symptoms of the virus please follow the recommendations below:

  • Call your local GP doctor and ask for advise and/or a referral for a COVID-19 test.
  • Do not come to campus until all symptoms have subsided and/or the doctor has cleared you of COVID-19 infection with a doctor certificate.
  • If you become unwell while on campus, please present yourself to the Manager on Duty or reception for advice.
  • Continue to keep isolated from other people as much as possible (e.g. in a different room).
  • 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.
  • Call your local public health unit on 1300 066 055. The public health unit will assess and advise on what to do next.
  • Do not travel on public transport, taxis or ride-shares​ and do not attend any public places.


For the latest updates on COVID-19 in Australia, visit the Department of Health website. 

If you have any questions related to the ICMS response to Covid-19 please contact [email protected]
 

IF YOU HAVE TO SELF-ISOLATE

If you are asked to self-isolate because you have been overseas or because you have been in contact with anyone who has Covid-19, then we ask that you follow the appropriate measures to ensure you stay away from other people during your 14 day isolation period. This means you can't go to the beach or go shopping! Learn more about how to isolate here.

    REMEMBER.... GOOD HYGIENE PRECAUTIONS

    We ask students, staff and visitors to take precautions as 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

    FURTHER RESOURCES

    The descriptions and contact details of many organisations which provide mental health services are listed on the Mental Health Australia website
     
    Other resources, for students and the sector, include: 
     

     

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