MSHHS COVID-19 Update - 26 March

Posted on March 26, 2020

On Tuesday, your delegates and Organiser, Milli Gray, dialled into another Metro South COVID-19 briefing teleconference with HR Executives to get updates around some questions that union members have been raising in the HHS.

Information on Pandemic Leave

You can find information on COVID-19 and your entitlements on the Metro South Website, on your QHEPS and on the Together COVID-19 website. Pandemic Leave provides 20 days leave which can be accessed after sick/ carers leave in the first instance.

PPE Training

Issues with PPE should be raised through your union straight away – please contact your Organiser, Milli Gray, with any issues surrounding PPE and Training. Dave Waters provided the advice that if you have not received adequate training in PPE, staff should reasonably refuse to do tasks that put them at risk.

Hot desking and social distancing

Together Union raised the question around hot desking and social distancing measures. The HHS has assured that they are working to meet the Australian Government Guidelines around social distancing in work spaces, which includes ensuring that hot desks and other work spaces provide enough distance between staff and patients and are being sanitised appropriately.

Working from home (WFH) arrangements

Staff can access guidelines on WFH arrangements on their QHEPs. The advice given from the HHS is to discuss WFH arrangements with your line manager in the first instance. 

Recruitment Ongoing

Recruitment activities are still underway across MSHHS to ensure that they can meet the demands on the health system through the pandemic.

If you have any questions about the information that has been provided in this email or if you have any personal concerns about your working conditions, please contact your Organiser, Milli Gray, through email by calling 0449 197 851. Please note Milli does not work on Fridays - if you require information on these days please send and email to

1800 177 244