COVID-19 Update | 15 April 8 am

With no new cases detected in Queensland, Coronavirus restrictions will ease from today, 15 April. This means that mask wearing will no longer be a requirement indoors or in hospitals.

We will continue to ensure there is enough space when in classrooms so you can safely maintain social distancing and have masks available for you to use if you would prefer to wear one during your course.

If you feel unwell at any stage, please get tested and stay at home. The health and well-being of you, your fellow students and our educators are our highest priorities.

What if I’m on placement?

If you are a Mater Education student on placement, your placement remains unchanged. If there is a alteration to your placement due to the public health guidelines, a Mater Education team member will advise you on MS Teams as soon as possible.

If you are unwell or have been told to isolate, please stay home and contact your placement coordinator.

What if I enter a hospital building?

If you are going in to a hospital building, you are no longer required to wear a surgical mask. If you do choose to wear a mask within the hospital, the following recommendations are to be followed:

  • Masks should be changed when they become damaged, soiled or wet. 
  • Masks should never be reapplied after they have been removed.
  • Masks should not be left dangling around the neck. 
  • Avoid touching/adjusting the front of the mask while wearing it. 
  • Hand hygiene should be performed upon touching or discarding a used mask.
  • Masks need to be removed for eating and drinking and this is permitted, necessary and safe. It is important to limit the duration that the mask is removed to help minimise any potential risk of exposure. Staff must practice physical distancing when on meal breaks when mask is not in place.
  • Staff must dispose of used masks in waste receptacles as soon as they are removed.

You can find more tips on wearing a mask here

What should I do if I feel unwell or have been tested for COVID-19?

The health and wellbeing of students, classmates and educators is our number one priority. If you are feeling unwell, have recently returned from overseas, or have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, we ask you to stay at home. This includes if you have:

  • visited a COVID-19 hotspot within the last 14 days (please see Queensland Health list of COVID-19 hotspots)
  • arrived from overseas within the last 14 days
  • have come into contact with someone who is a known case of COVID-19
  • have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days or is awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test
  • are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 including: fever or history of fever, symptoms of acute respiratory infection (cough, shortness of breath, sore throat), loss of smell, loss of taste, runny nose, nausea, vomiting or fatigue.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a Mater Education team member, please call 1300 070 350.

Where do I go if I need a COVID-19 test?

If you are required to present for COVID-19 testing, you can find a list of COVID-19 testing centres on the Queensland Health website.

You can also attend our COVID-19 Testing Clinic located on Stanley Street.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a Mater Education team member, please call 1300 070 350.

Questions?

If you have any questions about your course, please call the Mater Education team on 1300 070 350. You can also continue to monitor the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website for updates on COVID-19 and the effect on education.

You can also stay up-to-date by monitoring the following channels:

  • For the latest contact tracing updates, lockdown information and travel restrictions, visit the Queensland Health COVID-19 Updates
  • For all staff updates, COVID-19 clinical and PPE resources, and, staff support resources to help look after yourself during this time, visit our Mater COVID-19 Intranet Page
  • For all updates on patient information, visitor restrictions at Mater, and our testing clinics, visit our Mater COVID-19 Website or get notifications by following our Mater Queensland Facebook page