Courses & Coronavirus

Last Updated: 24/Mar/2020

What is the current situation?

As of Fri 20/Mar/2020, OML has taken what we believe to be the prudent and responsible step to cancel a number of courses.  Prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we had scheduled 39 courses in 2020 - that is now no longer achievable.  This week:

  • We have cancelled 9 Courses in Australia between now and 31/May/2020
  • We have cancelled 8 Courses in New Zealand between now and 30/Sep/2020, and
  • We have recognised that a further 11 Courses in Australia are at risk between 31/May/2020 and 30/Sep/2020.

Stay tuned for further details.

What is OML's position?

OML recognises that COVID 19 or coronavirus is causing a lot of community concern.  At OML, we feel a profound sense of social responsibility, particularly for those who are vulnerable in our community, those with pre-existing conditions, the elderly, the young, and our health carers. We understand the importance of 'flattening the curve' which means slowing down the rate of infection as much as possible to ensure our hospitals and healthcare staff can keep up with, and cope with, the pressure. We have included a link here for you to become informed if you are not already.

Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve"

The situation is evolving rapidly and it is not immediately clear exactly what we should be doing.  Nevertheless, we have to start somewhere.  OML now has an Epidemic/Pandemic Policy & Procedures in place for our training courses and these procedures have now been activated.

What actions might OML consider prior to a Course commencing?

In consultation with the Lead Course Facilitator and the Venue Manager, the Managing Director is empowered to consider the following actions:

  • Deferring or cancelling a training course
  • Moving a training course to a different venue
  • Changing the make-up of the Course Facilitation Team
  • Respectfully directing a Student or Volunteer not to attend a particular Course.

We ask that members of the Course Facilitation Team, prospective Students and OM2 Course Volunteers exercise responsible and prudent personal judgment, and take personal responsibility for their health and infection control. We ask that you do not attend our Courses:

  • If you are feeling unwell
  • If you have suppressed immunity and are therefore at a higher risk of infection
  • If you have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with Coronavirus, and/or
  • If you have arrived in Australia within 14 days of the commencement of the Course, as you are required by law to be in self-quarantine.

What happens if you have paid for a Course that is cancelled or that you are now unable to attend?

OML will gladly transfer course fee payments to a future Course should a Course be cancelled or should a prospective Student make, or be forced to make, a decision not to attend.

OML will refund any payments you have made in full if that is your choice.  All you need to do is indicate by email that is what you wish to do, and provide your bank BSB and account name and number.

What actions might OML consider once a Course has commenced?

The Course Facilitator is responsible for:

  • Making available face-masks, bacterial wipes, hand-sanitising options, and tissues
  • Clearly communicating the importance of complying with the Epidemic/Pandemic Policy and Procedures to Course Students and Course Volunteers
  • Actively encouraging all Course Students and Course Volunteers to comply with the Epidemic/Pandemic Policy and Procedures
  • Resolving any related issues that arise by deferring to the safest reasonable solution.

All Course Students & Course Volunteers are required to:

  • Comply with the Epidemic/Pandemic Procedures
  • Actively encourage others to comply with the Epidemic/Pandemic Procedures
  • Respectfully follow the directions of the Course Facilitator.

The Course Facilitator is empowered to consider:

  • Respectfully directing a Student or Volunteer to adopt more rigorous hygiene procedures - eg, changing coughing & sneezing behaviours, wearing a face-mask, hand-washing more regularly, using and effectively disposing of tissues
  • Respectfully directing a Student or Volunteer to leave a training course due to concerning symptomatic indications
  • Respectfully directing a non-compliant Student or Volunteer to leave a training course
  • Taking whatever other reasonable responsible and prudent actions are deemed appropriate.

What guidance are we taking?

In implementing the procedures above, OML will continue to be guided by the information and directions progressively provided by local health authorities, and our broader workplace health & safety obligations.  A full copy of our Epidemic/Pandemic Policy and Procedures is available upon request.

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