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Important Information Regarding Coronavirus for Staff From Principal

Dear Staff
I would like to advise you on the Institute’s Risk Management and Action Plan regarding the Coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCoV). While the majority of cases have been detected in Wuhan, other cases have been reported from other parts of China as well as Australia, Japan, Thailand, South Korea and United States. Almost all cases have had Wuhan contact. Although NSW Health has advised that the risk of contracting the virus is extremely small without close contact, however, the Institute does encourage all students and staff who do return from China to take a voluntary 14 day isolation period before returning to campus. A separate advice to students has been sent as well.
The Institute has setup helplines for assisting you with information and support if required.
Gary Groutage (HR) 02 9209 4893
Angela Cui (Counsellor) 02 9209 4887
Landy Hsu (Hobart Campus) 1800818900
The Institute’s Counsellor Angela Cui at is contactable if you feel anxious about the matter. Meeting with her is supported by online Cisco EX counselling service.
If any of you feel unwell or are concerned about your health, you should contact your GP or a health professional. Please call ahead and explain your symptoms and recent travel history, rather than attending in person. Common symptoms including:
• fever,  
• diaphoresis,
• chills,
• cough,
• sore throat,  
• nausea/vomiting and
• shortness of breath/breathing difficulties
Until the risk alerts of the matter are revoked by the health authorities of China and Australia, the Institute will not arrange for any staff member for travel to Wuhan and other affected areas.
The Institute also alerts its staff members to seriously follow the travel risk advice of the Australian government and Chinese government with respect to the matter, to not travel to Wuhan and other affected areas for private trips.
The Institute is maintaining communication with its staff members who are in China recently for their holiday or personal leave through telephone, email and social media, and monitoring their updated situation.
Whether these staff members are able to return to the Institute is to be determined by the health authorities of the Chinese government and Australian government with respect to their controlling actions of the matter.
In case these staff members are unable to return to the Institute due to the actions in place, the Institute will not treat them as overdue holiday or leave and their normal wages and entitlements are not impacted.
As soon as these staff members have arrived in Australia, the Institute will ask them for a voluntary isolation for 14 days. During the isolation period, they will receive normal wages and entitlements, and can “work at home” by telephone, email, and social media subject to their health conditions.
To ensure normal business operations, the Institute has purchased enough Aqium Anti-Bacterial Hand Sanitiser (Aloe) and face masks for staff and students if any are required.
Please exercise the following precautions during this critical period:
• Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
• When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands 
• Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough
• If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider
For more information about simple personal hygiene practices to reduce exposure to illness visit:
NSW Health is updating information regularly via its website:
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade also has advice for travellers, including those returning from a destination with reported cases:
Our thoughts are with our students and staff with friends and family.
The Institute will continue to update students and staff as new information becomes available.
Thank you for your attention.
Minshen Zhu