'Misleading, confusing': Hotel quarantine inquiry hears damning evidence about training

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Victoria's hotel quarantine program was thrown together in 48 hours, with a muddled chain of command and confusing training, an inquiry has heard.
Victoria's hotel quarantine program was thrown together in 48 hours, with a muddled chain of command and confusing training for security guards, an inquiry has heard.

Professor Lindsay Grayson, head of infectious diseases at Austin Health, told the judicial inquiry into the botched scheme that the half-hour training module developed by the federal government was better suited to the public.

"I would describe this document as confused in its target audience," he said on Monday, the first day of public hearings in the Victorian inquiry.

Professor Grayson pointed to a section in the module that said mask use was not required.

That was true for the public at the time, but not for healthcare workers or quarantine staff.

"Clearly this is misleading for healthcare workers or quarantine staff if they thought they didn't need to wear a mask, when I would consider it crucial if they were in likely contact with a potentially infectious patient," he said.

"When it came to the crucial section about PPE, there was no advice."

He also told the inquiry that using PPE without proper training could increase the risk of spreading the deadly virus.

Outbreaks among staff and private security guards are believed to be responsible for the state's second wave of coronavirus, which has cost hundreds of lives and led to the nation's toughest lockdown.

In late May, when the virus first broke out of hotel quarantine, 19 people in Victoria had…
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