WA Health uses Operational Directives and Information Circulars to inform staff and others of statewide policies, guidelines and frameworks that are applicable within the public health system. Any documents that contain material which is expected to be understood and complied with by relevant staff are issued as an Operational Directives and Information Circulars. All areas within the public health system are expected to implement relevant Operational Directives and Information Circulars.
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How to develop and publish a circular
WA Health has a policy and guideline for the Operational Directive and Information Circular Distribution system. The policy and guideline provides you with information on mandatory requirements for the development, approval, publication and dissemination of circulars in WA Health.
Operational Directives are policy statements that are approved by the Director-General of Health and are mandatory for all WA Health staff to comply with.
Information Circulars are documents that provide advice or guidance within WA’s public health system. ICs are not policy statements, although they may be used to advise the existence or change in status of a policy statement.
Recently issued Operational Directives and Information Circulars
|OD 0603/15||(14 May 2015)|
|This Operational Directive outlines the conditions under which WA Health employees may lawfully be permitted to undertake outside employment. It aims to ensure that employees undertaking outside employment are aware of their obligations to their State employer, and avoid any conflict of interest with their official duties.|
|OD 0602/15||(14 May 2015)|
|WA Health Telecommuting Policy|
|The WA Health Telecommuting Policy has been revised to:
• clarify telecommuting arrangements, including the application, assessment and approval process
• incorporate a new sample telecommuting application form and agreement
• ensure compliance with applicable Health Information Network and local occupational safety and health requirements
• detail WA Health staff (employee and manager) responsibilities.
|OD 0601/15||(13 May 2015)|
|WA Health Flexible Working Arrangements Policy|
|The FWA Policy was revised to:
• establish a three step process (application, assessment and approval) for flexible working arrangements
• detail WA Health staff (employee and manager) responsibilities
• incorporate phased retirement as a flexible working arrangement option.
|OD 0600/15||(13 May 2015)|
|Influenza and Pertussis Vaccinations for Pregnant Women|
|The purpose of this operational directive is to advise Department of Health (DoH) staff that all pregnant women should be offered influenza vaccine and pertussis-containing vaccine (dTpa) as part of routine antenatal care.|
|OD 0599/15||(13 May 2015)|
|Aboriginal Cultural eLearning – "A Healthier Future"|
|Aboriginal Cultural eLearning – "a healthier future", is mandatory for WA Health staff as an introduction to:
• key events in Western Australia and Australia’s history, as it relates to relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people
• the impact that historical factors have on Aboriginal people's health and wellbeing
• differences between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people's standard of living
• barriers to improving health and wellbeing outcomes
• strategies that can help improve health and wellbeing outcomes of Aboriginal people living in WA.
Aboriginal Cultural eLearning – "a healthier future" is an online training tool, one of four components of the WA Health Aboriginal Cultural Learning Package.
WA Health staff are mandated to update and/or complete the Aboriginal Cultural eLearning – "a healthier future" online training. Those staff who have already completed the superseded online training will need to complete this program within two years from 1 July 2015.
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