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  • New Easy Read on getting a coronavirus test

    Thursday October 15 2020

    The Australian Government Department of Social Services has released new Easy Read information about getting a coronavirus (COVID-19) test. It includes information about: where you can get a test what happens when you get a test at the hospital what happens when you get a test in the car how the test is done what […]

  • What’s next for people living with chronic conditions under COVID?

    Wednesday September 23 2020

    The government hasn’t yet released any new coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for people with chronic conditions, however, we can make some predictions. While coronavirus is still a risk in the community, people with conditions that put them at greater risk will still need to take extra precautions. This will mean staying at home if you can, […]

  • A new Disability Response Centre for coronavirus

    Tuesday September 8 2020

    The Australian and Victorian governments are working together to improve how they respond to, and manage, coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks in disability residential care. To do this, they are focussing on supporting staff and services to limit the number of places a staff member can work, as well as improving how they manage outbreaks through a […]

  • Free reusable face masks for Victorians with disability

    Tuesday August 18 2020

    People in Victoria who need care and support can now get two free face masks from their service provider or GP. The Department of Health and Human Services will be distributing 2.1 million reusable face masks to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). People in Victoria can get the free face masks if they: […]

  • Updated Easy Read information about masks

    Tuesday August 4 2020

    With masks now mandatory in Victoria and strongly encouraged in New South Wales, the Australian Government has released updated Easy Read information about wearing a mask during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It includes information about: who should wear a mask who doesn’t need to wear a mask what type of mask you should wear how […]

  • How to wear a mask safely during coronavirus

    Tuesday July 14 2020

    The Australian Government has released a new Easy Read resource explaining why people wear masks and how to wear them safely. This information is about disposable masks. If you choose to wear a mask, there are things you must do to make sure they are effective. This includes: washing your hands before you put the […]

  • Healthcare for people with cognitive impairment during coronavirus

    Tuesday July 14 2020

    The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) has developed new resources to help health organisations provide safe care for people with cognitive impairment during coronavirus (COVID-19). The resources explain that people with cognitive impairment may get frightened by staff wearing personal protective equipment, as well as find infection control instructions hard […]

  • Melbourne goes back to stay-at-home restrictions

    Tuesday July 14 2020

    On 7 July, the Victorian Government announced the return to a Stage 3 lockdown for people living in metropolitan Melbourne and the Shire of Mitchell. The lockdown will last for six weeks, from 11.59pm on Wednesday 8 July until 11.59pm on Wednesday 19 August. This decision comes as the number of Victorians diagnosed with coronavirus […]

  • Coronavirus hospital companion for people with disability

    Tuesday July 14 2020

    The Australian Government created the coronavirus hospital companion to help people with disability communicate important information to health professionals, if they have to go to hospital. The companion is a Word or PDF document that people can download and fill out with information about themselves and give to health care workers. The companion asks for […]

  • Looking after your mental health during coronavirus

    Tuesday June 23 2020

    The impacts of coronavirus, physical distancing and isolation has made many of us feel stressed, anxious and worried. It’s important to make sure you take care of your mental health during this time. We have put together a list of supports and services you can contact for help. Lifeline Lifeline provides 24/7 crisis support and […]