National workforce compliance management company, OnePassport®, has a new immunisation register called Immunise, that can hold all the immunisation records of aged care workers for organisations to ensure all employees are cleared to enter aged care facilities.
At the moment, flu vaccinations are mandatory to be able to enter a nursing home. This regulation was put in place by the Federal Government during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in late March.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of OnePassport, Michael Maher, is the Managing Director of the Aged, Community and Disability Network (ACDN) and has worked within the aged care sector since 2010, so he understands the issues that the sector faces when it comes to managing staff immunisations and meeting compliance requirements.
"Aged care is a low margin industry with a lot of people moving around and a lot of compliance," says Mr Maher.
"Nowadays, having a flu shot and negative COVID-19 response, each employer is trying to manage all of those things. But they are usually short on admin staff, as well as short on time and money. It seems a bit crazy. Five years ago, I wondered how we could track one aged care employee across multiple employers at the one time. That was where the idea for OnePassport started from.
"In a heavily regulated and fragmented industry like aged care, community care and disability, it made more sense to be able to give the individual a mobile personal record, or Passport, that they carried around and shared with their employers."
OnePassport is a workforce management system for employer records covering qualifications, training and immunisations.
The recent creation of Immunise can track all workers immunisations, including the what, when and where of these vaccinations, through uploading the documentation by the individual, which then can be shared with multiple employers concurrently.
Aged care providers also have the benefit of being able to easily manage the records of all of their employees and their immunisations in one place. Immunise also has automated alerts for staff that need to be revaccinated, helping staff to keep on top of their own health responsibilities.
Now, more than ever, OnePassport's Immunise can be hugely effective for aged care facilities that are burdened with the strain of infection control in their facilities but don't want the added stress of immunisation administration.
"In aged care, we find that a lot of the people we work with, both the individuals on the floor but also the people sitting in front of the computers on behalf of the organisation, are frequently clinical rather than human resources (HR) people. So Immunise was designed to be easy to use and hard to break," explains Mr Maher.
"Immunise allows for carers to go to their doctor and get a flu shot or have a COVID test and get that negative response, and they can upload it into the system themselves and share it to the employer. It helps employers to track everything."
OnePassport Immunise has a free app for aged care workers available in the Android Google Play and Apple stores, which compiles all their work-related records. Providers can subscribe online to the service.
OnePassport have made Immunise free for aged care providers during the COVID pandemic.
For information about OnePassport Immunise, head to their website.