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Coronavirus advice for people with disability

The Australian Government has released new advice for people with disability as part of its coronavirus (COVID19) planning for people at risk. The resource brings together information about what people with disability can do to keep safe during coronavirus and links to the Government programs and services that are available.

The information explains why people with disability are more at risk of contracting coronavirus. This may be because:

  • people with disability often have higher rates of health issues
  • many people with disability rely on help from carers, support workers and their family.

The resource also covers ways that people can keep themselves safe, such as:

  • good hygiene
  • physical distancing
  • staying away from public gatherings
  • staying at home and away from others if you’re sick
  • keeping any appointments you’ve made with your doctor – over the phone if you can?
  • getting your medications and groceries delivered.

Services and supports

The resource has links and information about the supports and services that the Government has in place for people with disability.

It has a brief description of the Management and Operational Plan for People with Disability (you can find our summary of this information on our resource page).

It also lists services and contacts like:

  • Telehealth services
  • electronic prescriptions
  • mental health support
  • the Coronavirus Helpline
  • Disability Information Helpline.

Resources

You can read this full resource on the Australian Department of Health’s website.

Advocacy tips

  • The Management and Operational Plan for People with Disability is being actioned gradually. Keep an eye on the health.gov.au website and our other resources for new information.

  • Remember that people may be able to purchase low cost devices through their NDIS plan. This will let them access telehealth and the Disability Information helpline chat service.

Date
11 May 2020
State
Applies to all states