In response to the COVID-19 Crisis, Colbrow Medics is supporting Australian businesses with Urgent Medical Services

Melbourne COVID-19 Crisis Response Team EOI
August 13, 2020
Melbourne COVID-19 Crisis RN’s & EN’s
August 25, 2020

Melbourne COVID-19 Crisis Personal Care Assistants

Personal Care Assistants

Colbrow Medics (a division of Colmed Group) is supporting the Australian Government lead response to the Covid-19 Crisis in Residential Aged Care Services. We are seeking Expressions of Interest for people who are able to work on the front line and support the most vulnerable people in our community.

This is not normal aged care work, this is crisis response work on the frontline. The work is challenging, distressing, stressful and can be very busy but it will be some of the most rewarding work you can do in this time of need.

We are currently working to help build large teams who will assemble and then deploy into Aged Care Facilities as a united team. The deployment is normally for a two week period. Some sites may require longer deployments. You will work a minimum of three (maximum of five) 12 hour shifts each week subject to your availability. We need people who can commit for a two week period, you won’t be able to work on other sites during this deployment due to the high risk nature in these facilities. We are building teams ready to deploy as soon as this week. The locations vary but are currently all around the Melbourne metropolitan area. We will be building new teams based on outbreaks as they occur. People who have completed the expression of interest will be kept on the standby list and notified of the requirements of each team as the deployment is confirmed. The deployments are normally confirmed on short notice after an outbreak is discovered.

There are strong systems in place to ensure a full crisis team is assembly, briefed, trained and then deployed in a systematic manner.

Please submit your EOI here.

We are seeking people with experience, qualifications or undertaking relevant studies to work in Personal Care Assistant roles.

Personal Care Assistant

We are seeking people who have either:

  • Currently studying healthcare, nursing, aged care, disability support, patient transport or other relevant healthcare discipline
  • Experience working in disability or aged care roles

These roles are responsible for:

Monitoring and communicating resident condition, assisting with personal hygiene including toileting and bathing, providing meals and other health and wellness related activities. The Care Support Worker will demonstrate a commitment to best practice care, ensure that all care is provided in a caring and respectful way in accordance with the policy and procedures of the Service to which they are deployed. This role involves working with people who are confirmed cases of COVID-19 or close contacts of COVID-19.


Skills and Credentials for all roles

We need people with the following skills:

  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Empathy / Compassionate
  • Excellent decision making ability
  • Excellent team player as well as confident when working solo
  • Excellent observation skills
  • Strong ability to cope under stressful situations
  • Physically fit and healthy
  • Highly resilient
  • Ability to follow specific instructions and directions for long periods of time
  • Ability to work in emotionally distressing situations including end of life care

Minimum Credentials for all roles:

  • Police Check (or willing to obtain)
  • Working with Children Check (or willing to obtain)
  • Australian Government Department of Health Online Infection Control Training Certificate
  • Comply with Infection Control Policy and Procedure (HLTINFCOV001 or HLTINF001) (if you don’t already hold this, we can assist you to complete it quickly)
  • Documented Evidence of 2020 Influenza Immunisation (if you don’t already have this, we can assist you to obtain this quickly)

Additional credentials will be requested specific to each position

The commitment we seek:

  • Be available to stand up on short notice
  • Commit to a 14 day deployment (you cannot work on any other site for any orgnisation during the 14 day deployment)
  • Be able to commit to 12 hour shifts
  • Be available for a minimum of three shifts per week (maximum five shifts per week)


The Deployment Process

Deployment timeline:

  1. (Now) Prepare your credentials
  2. (Now) Submit your EOI
  3. (Now) Wait on standby list
  4. (Deployment date -3 days) Outbreak facility is identified (deployment date -3 days)
  5. (Deployment date -3 days) Roster requirements are confirmed and people who have submitted EOI are contacted and offered positions
  6. (Deployment date -2 days) Additional credentials checked, paperwork completed, gap training performed, uniforms
  7. (Deployment date) Onsite induction, training, familiarisation
  8. (Deployment date +14 days) Work as per roster for deployment period of 14 days


Please submit your EOI here.