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With a focus on the commitment to the health and safety of all students, we are closely monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation and are in regular contact with the relevant government and health authorities across the nation.

Page last updated: 15 May 2020 at 17.00pm (AEST)

FIAFitnation students and staff are encouraged to check this page frequently as we will update it as required. For more information specifically regarding higher education institutions, please visit the Department of Health website.

Key information

As restrictions are gradually easing, the National Cabinet’s has created a 3-step plan to safely move towards normalising Australia.  See below to see how each step will affect Sport and Recreation.

 Please note that the restrictions differ per state. Click here to view State by State Roapmaps to Easing Restrictions. 

SPORT & RECREATION

STEP 1:

  • No indoor physical activity including gyms
  • Community centres, outdoor gyms, playgrounds and skate parks allow up to 10 people
  • Outdoor sport (up to 10 people) consistent with the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport
  • Pools open with restrictions

STEP 2:

  • Up to 20 people allowed to participate in outdoor sports consistent with the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport
  • Up to 20 people allowed to participate in all indoor sports, including gyms
  • Need to maintain an average density of 4 square metres per person
  • Pools open with restrictions

STEP 3:

All venues allowed to operate with gatherings of up to 100 people

  • Need to maintain an average density of 4 square metres per person
  • Community sport expansion to be considered consistent with the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport

The College is closely monitoring the situation and following all the relevant advice from the Department of Health, Department of Education and Government agencies. As new information becomes available updates will be provided on this page.

  • If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus, you must isolate yourself for 14 days after last contact with the confirmed case.
  • If you have been in close contact with someone who has, and are presenting symptoms including fever, flu-like symptoms, sore throat, headache, and shortness of breath, you need to contact your usual doctor.
  • Students and Staff in these circumstances should not attend the college and must avoid contact with other students and staff

Latest updates for students

FIAFitnation has been working closely with the relevant government and health authorities and assessing on a daily basis the evolving COVID-19 situation.  After careful deliberation and to support a proactive and preventative approach to support the health and wellbeing of all students at this time it has been determined that all campuses and practical workshops will remain closed until 6 July 2020 (based on confirmation of directive to reopen). The college is able to confirm that there have been no cases of COVID-19 on any of the campus and this decision has been made to prioritise the continued health and wellbeing of all students.

At this time we are dedicated to supporting you in the continuation of your studies online and in an intensive format for practical and clinical classes upon your return in July.

Please take note of the following changes per course:

Fitness

If you are due to study on campus between now and July 5th 2020, your classes will be live-streamed and recorded via Zoom.

  • All links to the classes will be emailed directly to you at least one day prior to your class.  Please ensure you check your email, and reach out to your relevant support team via email if you have any issues.  Please note, this is for those enrolled to study on campus.
  • These classes will cover both theory and practical elements, allowing you to continue your studies from home.
  • You will also need to consider the practical assessment information below.
  • SIS303015 Certificate III in Fitness on campus students studying in this time will be required to complete an additional 15 hour workplace internship to ensure all practical hours are met.

If you are due to complete a practical assessment on campus between now and July 5th 2020, these sessions will be cancelled with alternatives available.

  • You can choose to complete this assessment via video.  This can be completed either in a gym or at home. To do this, you will require both volunteers to act as clients, as well as a range of equipment as outlined on your LMS.  If you would like to pursue this option please contact your relevant support team on either certificate3@fiafitnation.com.au or certificate4@fiafitnation.com.au.
  • You can choose to postpone your practical assessment until the next available date if you think the video option is not possible, with extensions granted where required.  Again, reach out to your relevant support team on either certificate3@fiafitnation.com.au or certificate4@fiafitnation.com.au to get more information.

HLTAID003 Provide first aid

If you are in either the May or June classes, these will be cancelled and rescheduled for a later date when the campus reopens.  The practical and hands on nature of this course means it is not suitable for online delivery if compliance requirements are to be met.

Further communication will be sent to all enrolled students once new dates have been arranged.  In the meantime, it is recommended that students complete all of the online learning and associated theory assessments.

For students requiring this qualification to progress to the SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness, please contact certificate3@fiafitnation.com.au to discuss your options.  We will allow students to progress to the Certificate IV, with access only to the theory components whilst awaiting rescheduling of the first aid course.  The practical part of the course cannot be started until HLTAID003 Provide first aid is complete.

HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage

If you are currently studying on the Sydney campus, the below arrangements have been made to allow you to progress with your studies.

  • All classes in the first two weeks of term will be live streamed and recorded via Zoom.
  • During these classes, it would be ideal if you could have a friend or family member available to act as your client.  You will be demonstrating remedial massage practices to your trainer via Zoom.
  • You will also need access to a webcam.
  • This will allow you to continue to progress with your studies.
  • Make up classes will also be scheduled to reinforce the learning that occurs in these two weeks, and to ensure all compliance requirements are met.
  • Clinic in this term will be postponed, and scheduled in your final term of study.  This means that in your final term, you will be required to be on campus 18 hours per week.

If you are currently studying on the Adelaide campus (either FT or PT), the below arrangements have been made to allow you to progress with your studies.

  • In your next term of study, you will have the option to complete up to 4 online units, removing the need to attend campus.
  • For FT students, this will mean that your course is extended by an additional 10 week term.  It does however mean that the workload is spread over a longer duration.  The course structure, face to face teaching guidelines and pre-requisite unit requirements mean that unfortunately there is no other option.
  • For PT students, your course may become longer or shorter, depending on how many units you decide to study.
  • After this term is complete, you will return to on campus study on 13 July to continue with the remaining units.
  • Regular trainer catch ups will be scheduled throughout the 10 week term via Zoom, allowing you to ask any questions that you have in real time as you progress through online studies.

Should you have any questions regarding the above, please contact Anthony.turri@endeavour.edu.au.

Campus closure

All campuses will be closed and staff working from home across this period to continue to support students.  Students will not be able to access during this time.

Events Postponed

All events that have large gatherings and social interaction have been postponed and this includes open days and all expos

Student Support

To support planning in your studies across this time based on the above please contact Anthony on Anthony.turri@endeavour.edu.au.

  • For all general enquires please contact student services on 1300 136 632 (ext 2)
  • The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is available free for a series of sessions on 1800 336 207 (24/7), with confidential counselling to support you and your current situation.
  • For student wellbeing support we have arranged a Resilience Webinar on Tuesday, April 21st  6.30 – 7.30 pm (AEST), register here
  • All staff will remain on board to support you across this time via the normal support communication channels
  • Detailed COVID-19 Information is available on this webpage, please refer to this for frequent updates at this time.
  • We are dedicated to supporting all students on a case by case basis at this time, please connect with student support teams.
  • For the latest information and resources visit the Department of Health website here.

Please know that the FIAFitnation is continuing to monitor the situation daily and regular updates will be rolled out via the student portal / LMS/ website and direct communications to your email address as intensive mode delivery timetables are confirmed and FAQ’s collated over the coming weeks.

We are committed to supporting you in the continuation of your studies and your health and wellness at this time.  Please do not hesitate to contact support teams as we seek solutions that will support the continuation of your studies and wellbeing.

For details on the above actions to support students at this time please see the information below.

We respect that this is a stressful time and please do reach out to the SAP (Student Assistance Program) on 1800 336 207 (24/7) if this is affecting you or immediate family members and friends.

Thank you for your patience as the above plan is implemented vigilance to health and safety at this time and if you have further questions the student services team can be contacted on 1300 136 632.

College FAQs

Have any FIAFitnation students or staff been diagnosed with coronavirus?2020-03-17T05:50:44+11:00

No FIAFitnation students or staff have been diagnosed with coronavirus.

What should I do if my studies are disrupted?2020-03-17T05:51:10+11:00

Contact Student Services by phoning 1300 136 632 or via email on Certificate3@fiafitnation.com.au, Certificate4@fiafitnation.com.au, diplomaoffitness@fiafitnation.com.au to explain your specific circumstances. We are doing what we can to minimise any disruption to your studies and will work with individual students should they be impacted.

What is the College doing to keep everyone safe?2020-03-17T05:51:31+11:00

The health and wellbeing of our students and staff are a priority. Our measures are consistent with Federal and State Health Departments’ advice and we are consistently reviewing these measures. We are promoting healthy personal hygiene habits across our campuses which includes the availability of hand sanitiser around campuses as well as more stringent classroom/clinics/on campus facility sterilisation and cleaning protocols.

What will happen if I have to become a full-time carer for my children if they are unable to attend school?2020-03-17T05:51:54+11:00

We will review this on a case by case basis. In some cases subjects may be able to be taken online or a webinar may be set up in order for you to continue your studies. We can support you with attendance requirements or schedule in make up work shops, depending on the situation.

I am feeling anxious about coronavirus – what should I do?2020-03-17T05:52:25+11:00

It is normal to experience some worry or concern about this issue, however if it begins to affect your mental health or physical wellbeing it is recommended you seek support from a health professional.

FIAFitnation offers a free and confidential counselling and support service for students. The College Student Assistance Program (SAP) is available 24/7 through Access EAP. Call 1800 336 207 or accesseap.com.au. The SAP counsellors are fully trained and will be able the support that you need at this time.

More information

The College is closely monitoring the situation and following all the relevant advice from the Department of Health, Department of Education and Government agencies. As new information becomes available updates will be provided on this page.

  • If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus, you must isolate yourself for 14 days after last contact with the confirmed case.
  • If you have been in close contact with someone who has, and are presenting symptoms including fever, flu-like symptoms, sore throat, headache, and shortness of breath, you need to contact your usual doctor. You cannot attend College until Public Health informs you that it is safe for you to do so.
  • Students and Staff in these circumstances should not attend the college and must avoid contact with other students and staff
  • If you are currently in classes and are excluded from the College due to presenting symptoms of the virus then please contact the student services team in the first instance.

For further detailed and updated information, refer to the links below and a list of state and territory public health hotlines.

COVID-19 FAQs

We have taken our information from the Australian Government Department of Health’s website.

What is COVID-19 (coronavirus)?2020-03-17T05:47:28+11:00

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses that can range from the common cold to more severe diseases. The new strain of coronavirus was first reported in December 2019 and has been named Coronavirus (COVID-19), ‘novel coronavirus’ and ‘2019-nCov’.

Other coronaviruses include Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

What are the symptoms?2020-03-17T05:47:57+11:00

Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. People with coronavirus may experience fever, flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue, and shortness of breath. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly.

Who is at risk?2020-03-17T05:48:20+11:00

Those at highest risk are those who have recently been in mainland China and Iran, or have been in been in close contact with someone who is a confirmed case of coronavirus.

The elderly and people with underlying medical conditions such as heart or lung disease may be at risk of a more severe disease if infected.

How does coronavirus spread?2020-03-17T05:48:40+11:00

Evidence suggests that the virus is spread from person to person. This most likely happens through:

  • Close contact with an infectious person
  • Contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze
  • Touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) that have cough or sneeze droplets from an infected person, and then touching your mouth or face.
Do I need to wear a surgical mask?2020-03-17T05:49:05+11:00

Wearing surgical masks when out in the community are only helpful in preventing people who have coronavirus disease from spreading it to others.

If you are not sick, you do not need to wear a surgical mask as there is little evidence supporting the widespread use of surgical masks in healthy people to prevent transmission in public.

What’s the best way to prevent COVID-19?2020-03-17T05:49:32+11:00

It’s important to practise good hygiene to prevent the spread and contraction of infections. This includes:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water
  • Using a tissue and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Avoiding close contact with others, such as touching

Read more about protective measures against coronavirus on the World Health Organization website.

If you have a confirmed case, you need to isolate yourself to prevent it spreading to other people.

How long does COVID-19 last on surfaces?2020-03-17T05:49:52+11:00

It is not certain how long the virus that causes COV-19 survives on surfaces, but studies suggest coronaviruses may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with a common household disinfectant to kill the virus. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water and avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.

What do I do if I have symptoms of coronavirus?2020-03-17T05:50:13+11:00

If you become unwell and think you may have symptoms of coronavirus, seek medical attention. Book an appointment ahead of time and be sure to tell your doctor about your symptoms, travel history and any recent close contact with someone who has coronavirus. It is advisable to wear a surgical mask to protect others.

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