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  • Disability advocate shares her experience getting the COVID vaccine

    Wednesday June 30 2021

    Tara Elliffe is a disability advocate who is sharing her experience getting the COVID-19 vaccine and encouraging others to “get the jab”. “My message is to be brave and have the jab. It’s okay. Just do it,” she said. Tara has Down syndrome and wants to encourage other people with disability to get their COVID-19 […]

  • New patient assessment for a COVID-19 vaccine

    Wednesday June 30 2021

    On 18 June, the Australian Government announced two new Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items (10660 and 10661). These two new items will support general practitioners and other medical practitioners to provide in-depth clinical assessments for patients over 50 years old. This assessment will look at the patient’s health risks and the benefits of receiving a […]

  • Lockdowns around Australia

    Wednesday June 30 2021

    As COVID-19 cases continue to spread, lockdowns have been announced across the country to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes in Southeast Queensland and the state’s regional cities, Western Australia, New South Wales and the Northern Territory. People who live in these areas are only allowed to leave their homes for five reasons: […]

  • The Australian Government announces that people under 40 can now get AstraZenenca 

    Wednesday June 30 2021

    The Australian Government has announced that anyone under the age of 40 can now go to their GP and ask for the AstraZeneca vaccine. This is a massive change to the nation’s vaccine program. Previous medical advice meant that many younger Australians were not able to get the AstraZeneca vaccine. This is due to the […]

  • Disability sector alert from the Australian Government – 19 May

    Thursday May 20 2021

    On 19 May, the Australian Government sent the latest disability alert. These alerts give regular updates to the disability sector about the COVID-19 vaccination rollout.  Updated information for people with disability The Department of Health has updated its webpage of vaccination information for people with disability. The updates include extra information on the different ways […]

  • Disability provider alert from the Australian Government – 13 May

    Friday May 14 2021

    On 13 May, the Australian Government sent the latest Disability provider alert. These alerts provide regular updates for the disability sector about the COVID-19 vaccination rollout.  How disability workers can get the vaccine Disability workers can get their vaccine at: the residential disability accommodation where they work a vaccination clinic near where they work. Disability […]

  • Keep up-to-date on the latest vaccination information from the Australian Government

    Friday March 19 2021

    The Australian Government has created a webpage with information for people with disability about the COVID-19 vaccines. It will update the page regularly as new information about the rollout of vaccines comes up. The page currently has information on: when and where you will get your vaccinations likely side effects from the vaccines vaccination of […]

  • Planning for the vaccine – resources for disability providers

    Friday March 19 2021

    The Australian Government has put together a collection of information and resources for providers to help them plan for the COVID-19 vaccination rollout. The Government has created a disability provider webpage that will be updated regularly with a range of relevant vaccination information. It has also put together a toolkit to help providers get ready […]

  • Guide for healthcare providers on getting vaccination consent

    Friday March 19 2021

    The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has put together a guide for healthcare providers about getting informed consent from people. A healthcare provider giving a vaccination must get the person’s consent before vaccinating them. They must get and record informed consent for each dose of the vaccination. Consent can be either verbal or […]

  • Giving your consent for a COVID vaccination

    Friday March 19 2021

    Getting a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination is voluntary. Each person can decide whether they want to get vaccinated or not. This includes people in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The healthcare provider giving the vaccination must get your consent before vaccinating you. If you have a guardian or other decision-maker, they also need to consent […]