In January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC), WHO’s highest level of alarm.
At the time of publishing, there have been over 35 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, including 216 countries or territories with cases and over 1 million confirmed deaths.
Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Fiji and French Polynesia have all had confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Western Pacific so far.
As the world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic there has been a lot of information published and spread, some of this information is false and may be harmful to people’s health.
The WHO and government websites are the most trusted source of information for advice and education regarding COVID-19. Visit the WHO COVID-19 webpage for all information and printable resources for COVID-19.
As we aim to help our partners prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep them as safe as possible, we have assembled a list of helpful resources and links to partner specific government websites. These websites contain resources that can help inform you, your clients and the general public and help your health service prevent the spread of COVID-19.
You can also find COVID safe workplace plan templates for your service and attendance register templates below.
Information for the general public on COVID-19
The most reliable COVID-19 information for you and the general public advice can be found on the WHO advice for the public webpage.
Information for all health workers
A guide on technical best practise and a range of publications for health workers are available from the WHO technical guidance webpage.
WHO also provide free online training on COVID-19, infection control for COVID-19, occupational health and safety for health workers, how to put on and remove personal protective equipment, hand hygiene, waste management, cleaning and disinfecting, and more.
Common questions have been answered and provided by WHO on their Q&A: Tips for health and safety at the workplace in the context of COVID-19 webpage.
Information by country
🇸🇧 Information from Solomon Islands Government
🇵🇬 Information from Papua New Guinea Ministry of Health
🇫🇯 Information from Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services
- Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services: COVID-19 updates
- Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services: Resources
🇻🇺 Information from Vanuatu Ministry of Health
🇹🇴 Information from Tonga Ministry of Health
🇼🇸 Information from Samoa Government
🇰🇮 Information from Kiribati Government
🇦🇺 Information from the Australia Government
- Australian Department of Health: COVID-19 updates
- COVID-19 advice for the health and disability sector
- COVID-19 guidance on use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in non-inpatient health care settings, during the COVID-19 outbreak
🇳🇿 Information from the New Zealand Government
- New Zealand Government COVID-19 updates and resources
- Business toolkit: Resources to help businesses and organisations operate safely, including posters and signs
- Hygiene posters
Motivation Australia COVID safe workplace resources
COVID safe workplace plan template
The COVID safe workplace plan template has been developed to help health services and departments in the Pacific region to plan for and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their workplace. It was adapted from the Victorian Government in Australia’s COVID safe workplace plan template.
The template has been pre-filled based on our discussions and negotiations with the National Orthotics and Prosthetics Service in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea when developing their COVID safe workplace plan during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The information pre-filled into the form should be used as a guide only. Some of the actions and recommendations in the plan will not be applicable for every service or department and will require editing to suit each individual situation.
COVID workplace attendance register template
The COVID safe workplace attendance register template has been developed to help health services and departments in the Pacific region to plan for and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their workplace. It was adapted from the Victorian Government in Australia’s COVID safe workplace attendance register template.
The workplace attendance register intends to help your workplace track who has been entering your service or department and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
To discuss preparing your COVID safe workplace plan or attendance register, or any of the resources available on this page, contact Project Officer Daniel Noll.