MIT’s response to COVID–19

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Updated: 30 March 2020

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation has continued to evolve around the world, MIT has been actively assessing the risk and impact on a daily basis and monitoring guidance from public health and regulatory authorities. Our primary concerns are the health and safety of our students and staff.

Much like any other education institution and business, MIT is exploring all available options to do our part in managing and mitigating the fallout from COVID-19.

MIT is concerned for the safety and wellbeing of our students and the MIT community. Our actions to this unprecedented situation have been focussed, and carefully aligned with the continuing advice from the relevant government authorities. As such, we are constantly reviewing our response and plans to ensure that we are appropriately prepared, in this rapidly changing environment.

We will continue to update this page on a regular basis.

Online delivery

MIT has transitioned all MIT and Federation University courses through digital learning platforms and alternative non-face-to-face teaching for Trimester 1, 2020. We anticipate for this to continue for the remainder of the Trimester, subject to advice from MITs regulator, TEQSA, government and relevant agencies.

Student Support Services

Our support services will continue to be made available on campus, and over the phone. Our Libraries, Centre of Learning, Student Counselling and Advocacy, Student Services and 1:1 consultations with Academics will remain available to students who are able and safe to attend the campus. We have also introduced more flexible methods of support via online forums, live chats and support calls. We feel this is important to provide our students with the support they need during this time of change.

We take seriously the current advice from the Australian Prime Minister, that “Universities and other higher education centres “should continue at this time”. However, increased social distancing and good hygiene are a central part of MIT’s plan in our effort to limit the spread of the virus for the welfare and safety of our students.

As we change our mode of delivery as part of a carefully considered strategy, our main priority is to ensure minimal disruption to students, and to protect the best interest of our students. We will continue to deliver our academic programs in formats that maximise the opportunities for all students to study effectively, and progress through their studies on time.

 

Regards,

Dr Shesh Ghale
CEO

On 15 March 2020, the Australian Government announced that all travellers to Australia will be required to self-isolate for 14 days

The MIT Community is urged not to enter the campus if:

  • you have arrived in Australia since 16th March 2020 at 12am as you must self-isolate for 14 days.
  • If you are feeling unwell. Instead seek medical treatment or call the National Coronavirus Helpline.

For information on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), call the Australian Government's National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 or Healthdirect on 1800 022 222.

Keeping MIT informed

  • Any MIT students or staff who are in this situation are encouraged to contact the campus to notify of their situation. Campus staff are also attempting to contact those who may be impacted to offer guidance and support. Special consideration is being extended to those impacted.
  • Students unable to return to Australia, or unable to return to the campus to continue their studies may need to have their study deferred. This will not affect their visa status. Students should contact the Student Counsellor & Advocacy Officers on their campus for further details:

    Contact our Student Counsellor & Advocacy Officers:

  • Staff unable to return to Australia or the campus will need to contact and notify the relevant Campus Director:

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Refer to https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

The Australian Government announced on March 18 2020 it has raised the advice for all overseas travel to the highest level – Level 4. Regardless of destination, age or health, all Australians are advised to not travel overseas.

The Australian Government has also advised that all Australians overseas should, if they choose to, return home as soon as possible.

For further information on this travel advice please go to
https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/crisis/covid-19-and-travel .

We are aware that some staff and students may need to take an approved leave of absence, or deferral of studies due to travel restrictions, self-isolation or ill-heath. Students should contact the Student Counsellor & Advocacy Officers on their campus for further details:

Staff should contact the relevant Campus Director:

We are aware that some staff may need to take care of children who are unable to attend school due to advice from the Department of Health. You may be eligible for carer's leave.

If staff or students feel stressed or anxious about the situation, the following external services can assist. Students can also contact a Student Counsellor and Advocacy Officer at their campus:

Student Counsellor & Advocacy Officers:

LIfeline
24-hour telephone counselling service. Phone: 13 11 14
http://www.lifeline.org.au/

Mensline Australia
A dedicated service for men with relationship and family concerns. Phone: 1300 78 99 78
http://www.mensline.org.au/

beyondblue Support Service - Support. Advice. Action
Information and referral to relevant services for depression and anxiety-related matters. Phone: 1300 22 46 36
http://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/get-immediate-support

Black Dog Institute
The Black Dog Institute is a world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.
http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/public/gettinghelp/overview.cfm

Headspace
Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. We help young people who are going through a tough time.
http://www.headspace.org.au/

PANDA - National Perinatal Depression Helpline
PANDA’s National Perinatal Depression Helpline, funded by the Australian and Victorian Governments, provides vital support, information, referral and counselling to thousands of Australian parents and their families.  Callers do not need to have a diagnosis of antenatal or postnatal depression to make contact with the Helpline, PANDA is keen to support any new parent struggling during pregnancy or after the birth of their baby, as well as their partner, family and friends. Phone: 1300 726 306 from Mon – Fri, 9am – 7.30pm (AEST/AEDT).
http://www.panda.org.au/

Parentline
Parent Line is a telephone service for parents and carers of children 0-18 in New South Wales. Phone: 1300 1300 52
http://www.parentline.org.au/

ReachOut.com
ReachOut.com is Australia’s leading online youth mental health service. ReachOut.com is an initiative of the Inspire Foundation, an Australian non-profit with a mission to help young people lead happier lives.
http://au.reachout.com/

SANE Australia
SANE Australia is a national charity helping all Australians affected by mental illness lead a better life – through campaigning, education and research. SANE conducts innovative programs and campaigns to improve the lives of people living with mental illness, their family and friends. It also operates a busy Helpline and website, which have thousands of contacts each year from around Australia. Phone: 1800 187 263
http://www.sane.org/index.php

If you are experiencing symptoms, please stay home and call the Department of Health and Human Services dedicated novel coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398, and wear a surgical mask to avoid the potential spread of any illness.

MIT provides free confidential counselling support for any MIT student. If you need support at any time, please call 03 8600 6700 .

In an emergency, call 000

For anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms, shortness of breath after arriving on campus:

  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Go immediately to the closest on-site location:

Allocated First Aid Spaces

Melbourne CampusSydney Campus
Level 2M – ReceptionLevel 3 – Library
Level 6 – Academic ReceptionLevel 7 –Main Reception

 

  • Please be aware to keep an appropriate distance from people around you and alert the staff member at reception.
  • A staff member will provide you with a mask, direct you to an allocated room and contact health services.
  • An MIT First Aid Officer will be called to assist you.
  • We will provide you with contact details of the nearest medical facility.

If a student or staff member present with flu-like symptoms, shortness of breath and says they are feeling unwell;

  • Avoid any contact with student or staff member
  • Instruct the student or staff member to go immediately to either of the rooms below or an empty classroom, whichever is closest:

Allocated First Aid Spaces

Melbourne CampusSydney Campus
Level 2M - First Aid RoomLevel 3 - First Aid Room
Level 6 Student Consultation Room 624Level 7 – Empty student meeting room
  • Inform the student or staff member that you will alert a First Aid Officer and that they must stay in the room.
  • Don’t panic and assure the person who is unwell.
  • Place a sign on the door- This room is not accessible – DO NOT ENTER
  • Immediately notify a First Aid Officer:

Sydney Campus First Aid Staff

NameLocationEmailPhone
Mr Ali NooriLevel 2mnoori@mit.edu.au(02) 8267 1410
Ms Roslyn Mohammed KhanLevel 3rkhan@mit.edu.au(02) 8267 1400
Ms Kim Churton-VuLevel 7kchurtonvu@mit.edu.au(02) 8267 1464
Ms Lyndall BentonLevel 7lbenton@mit.edu.au0422 003 563

Melbourne Campus First Aid Staff

NameLocationEmailPhone
Tim GandertonLevel 2Mtganderton@mit.edu.au(03) 8600 6742
Brittany SchembriLevel 3bschembri@mit.edu.au(03) 8600 6791
Cristina NocosLevel 2Mcnocos@mit.edu.au(03) 8600 6721
Dilini WanninayakaLevel 2Mdwanninayaka@mit.edu.au(03) 8600 6757
Bi LowLevel 2Mblow@mit.edu.au(03) 8600 6784
Madeleine AldridgeLevel 2Mmaldridge@mit.edu.au(03) 8600 6762
Kurt ZhangLevel 3kzhang@mit.edu.au(03) 8600 6702
Hiral IntwalaLevel 6hintwala@mit.edu.au(03) 8600 6719
Burak TirliLevel 6btirli@mit.edu.au(03) 8600 6753
Ashish NaikLevel 2Manaik@mit.edu.au(03) 8600 6729

We encourage students to access the Study in Australia website where there is a suite of resources and latest information, including in relation to travel and visa information, and wellbeing support.

The Australian Government Department of Health is working across agencies and with states and territories to implement measures to manage the risk of COVID-19.

For the latest information see the Department of Health - Novel Coronavirus