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  • 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 […]

  • Increased calls to the Disability Information Helpline

    Tuesday August 18 2020

    IDEAS (Information on Disability, Education and Awareness Services) has released the latest data on the Australian Government’s Disability Information Helpline. The Disability Information Helpline answers people’s questions about coronavirus and what support is available for people with disability and their carers. Since April: 2,587 people have called the Helpline or used the live chat IDEAS […]

  • A guide to support people who have been through trauma

    Tuesday August 18 2020

    The Australian Government is providing funding to create a best practice guide for the disability sector to better support people with disability who have been through trauma. The Blue Knot Foundation will develop the guide that will help organisations and workers understand trauma and provide trauma-informed care to people with disability. People with disability experience […]

  • Healthy Mind for people with intellectual disability

    Tuesday August 4 2020

    People with intellectual disability are more likely to experience mental heath issues, such as anxiety and depression. However, finding support that meets their needs, especially online, has been very challenging. To address this gap, The Black Dog Institute created an Easy Read tool to help people with intellectual disability recognise and regulate their thoughts and […]

  • Disability Royal Commission public hearing about the coronavirus

    Tuesday July 14 2020

    The Disability Royal Commission has announced a public hearing for people to talk about their experiences during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Commission wants to hear from people with disability, peak advocacy groups, public health and disability experts, as well as government representatives. The public hearing will look at whether governments around Australia were prepared […]

  • Bullying, abuse, domestic and family violence – how and where to get help

    Tuesday June 23 2020

    During the coronavirus pandemic, we have all been asked to stay at home to keep safe. Unfortunately, this means that people with disability could be more vulnerable than ever to violence, bullying and abuse. IDEAS has put together a list of organisations you can call for help, apps to support you and web resources to […]

  • 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 […]

  • Head to Health – Mental health and COVID-19

    Tuesday June 23 2020

    Head to Health is a collaboration between the community, people with lived experience, the mental health sector, and the Australian Government Department of Health. You can find a range of resources on the Head to Health website about Mental health and COVID-19, including advice and tips for maintaining good mental health during this time and […]

  • Red Cross COVID Connect

    Tuesday June 23 2020

    COVID Connect is a free service from Australian Red Cross. It provides support to anyone who is feeling socially isolated during coronavirus. If you aren’t in regular contact with others, a Red Cross volunteer can call you for a friendly chat. You can ask for just one call or regular calls to help you feel […]

  • Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service from Beyond Blue

    Tuesday June 23 2020

    Beyond Blue is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes good mental health, aiming to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities affected by anxiety, depression and suicide. Beyond Blue has set up the Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service. You can call 1800 512 348 to speak to one of their counsellors, 24 hours a day, […]