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Key messages

Older Victorians, who may also have co-existing illnesses, are at increased risk of serious complications if they contract COVID-19.

Research into COVID-19 highlights different symptoms may be present in older people. Instead of fever and sore throat, atypical signs such as seeming unwell, being upset or sleeping more may indicate illness and require further investigation.

Broader and regular screening of older people living in aged care is encouraged to ensure early identification and response to symptoms of deterioration.

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Using the COVID-19 screening tool

Use this screening tool to identify typical and atypical signs of COVID-19 in the residents you care for.  We encourage you to screen each resident every day.

Download the tool

Screening takes less than five minutes to complete for each resident.

The screening tool is based on evidence and includes the public health screening criteria for COVID-19. It will help you identify subtle changes in residents and escalate any concerns.

Implementation toolkit

This provides a step-by-step guide to planning, implementing and evaluating the use of the screening tool in residential aged care services. It contains:

  • background on the development of the screening tool and the benefits of using it
  • how to implement the screening tool, including shared experiences from pilot services
  • how to evaluate the use of the screening tool using measurement.

Download the toolkit

Download our flyer to help communicate the change to staff


Data collection tool

We've suggested some easy ‘counts’ you can collect to understand your progress when implementing the screening tool. 

Download the spreadsheet 

VICNISS has developed a portal for services to easily report screening results.


The screening tool was piloted at 16 public and one private residential aged care facilities with more than 1000 residents screened.

Get in touch

Centre of Clinical Excellence - Older People
Safer Care Victoria

Page last updated: 16 Nov 2020

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