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  • How is Australia doing compared to other countries tackling COVID-19?

    Tuesday November 24 2020

    Despite the recent cluster of cases in South Australia, Australia’s new coronavirus (COVID-19) case numbers have been almost non-existent in the last few weeks. Overall, and even with the second wave of cases in Victoria, our numbers have been very low compared to many other countries. Whether this has been because of the restrictions governments […]

  • Restrictions continue to ease in Victoria

    Tuesday November 24 2020

    After nearly four weeks straight with no new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and no deaths, Victorians are enjoying reduced restrictions across the state. Victoria has also recently celebrated zero active remaining cases in the state after the last COVID-19 patient was cleared of the virus and discharged from hospital on 24 November. On 22 November, the […]

  • 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 […]