Updated: 9th April 8.38am AEST
Empowering you to make the right choice
- Zeep is closely monitoring the situation regarding the Covid-19 outbreak and how it could affect your current and future commitments to staff the hospitals across Australia
- At this stage all arranged locums are going ahead, and we continue to receive a ‘normal’ level of locum requests.
- State border controls are in place in TAS, QLD, NT, SA and WA. See below for further details.
- Where possible, we encourage you to consider driving to your locum to ensure you are not effected by potential flight rescheduling.
- If you have a confirmed locum starting soon and have travelled from overseas in the last 14 days. Please urgently contact your Zeep partner.
- If you have a confirmed locum starting soon and are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19. Please urgently contact your Zeep partner.
Workers compensation insurance and Covid-19
Zeep are working closely with our state Workers Compensation Insurance providers to ascertain if doctors are coved under workers compensation should they need to be quarantined due to diagnosis of or close contact with Covid-19.
In some circumstances, you may be covered for lost earnings. It is important that we ensure that the advice is correct for you, so please contact Zeep Managing Partner, Glenn on 0475 889 906 to discuss your current of future locum plans.
If you are a locum working through your own company structure, we encourage you to contact your insurance providers. Otherwise, please contact us to discuss PAYG payment options, which will include workers compensation cover.
NSW Locums on VMO contracts
NSW Health is providing ‘Pandemic Leave’ for VMO’s should they be directed into self isolation due to exposure at a NSW Health Facility – Payment of $155 per hour, for the time they would have been engaged, up to 8 hours a day. It is uncertain at this stage what happens if a VMO locum was not rostered to work, but is directed to isolate. Further clarification is being sought.
Important links for doctors
NSW – Updated advice for healthcare workers who are returned overseas travellers and for all healthcare professionals is available on the NSW Health website: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus-professionals.aspx
QLD – Updated advice for health care workers is available on the QLD Health website – https://www.health.qld.gov.au/clinical-practice/guidelines-procedures/novel-coronavirus-qld-clinicians
State Border Controls
All states with cross border travel isolation requirements have confirmed that doctors travelling for work reasons are exempt from the requirements to self isolate
We are now learning how each state will implement the exemptions. What we know is as follows
TASMANIA -The state of Tasmania have introduced an exemption approval process. Zeep have the required forms, and will assist any doctor to complete and submit their application.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA EMPLOYEES – Returning SA Health employees are instructed to isolate for 14 days on return to the state – in exceptional circumstances, the CEO can grant an exemption.
NORTHERN TERRITORY – NT have begun putting in place a risk based assessment for all doctors planning to arrive in the state. A simple 9 questions will allow the risk panel to assess risk.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA – Interstate Doctors are now required to isolate for 14 days before commencing work.
Please be aware that some hospitals and local health districts, based on specific risk assessments districts will have specific travel and locum advice. Please contact your Zeep partner to discuss your situation.
Anticipating an increase in demand
If you have availably to locum in the coming weeks and months, please let us know now.
- Zeep are working closely with all state health services to ensure a strong and stable supply of locum doctors in the coming months.
- We anticipate shortages of doctors in many regional and rural hospitals
- We request that doctors with availability let us know now, so we can coordinate your availability to potential future demands
- A number of LHD’s are seeking GP’s to staff their Covid-19 clinics. Please contact Nick on 0499 010 294 to discuss
- Zeep has implemented our pandemic management plan in full
- All Zeep employees are instructed to work from home should they display any symptoms of Covid-19
- Zeep employees are working from him, until further notice
- Zeep has cutting edge cloud computing technology, allowing all employees to ‘work from home’. As such service levels will remain ‘business as usual’
24-hour Zeep helpline
Zeep are available to help you whilst you are on your locum. Should your situation change, before or during your locum, please get in touch so we can assist you with your needs.
7am to 9pm Monday to Friday – please contact your Zeep Partner or Locum Support Manager by Mobile and Email. We will endeavour to respond within 30 mins
9pm – 7am Evenings and Weekends – please call 02 8379 4000. Should you need to leave a message, and we will endeavour to return your call as soon as we can.
Zeep wishes to thank all doctors and healthcare workers, as they go about their important work. Zeep are here to support you where we can, and help ensure Australia has the healthcare that they need at this crucial time.