WDV and Coronavirus

What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus (also called CoVID-19) is a condition which is spreading throughout the world very quickly. It is a kind of virus which feels like a flu or a bad cold. It is very easy to pass on the Coronavirus to other people, so it is important to understand what the virus is and how to protect yourself and others.

To assist in reducing the spread of Coronavirus, Victoria has moved to Stage 4 Restrictions (except Mitchell Shire who are Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions).

Looking after Yourself

If you have an assistance animal and have concerns about how the Coronavirus may impact your animal, please contact your training organisation for support.

Coronavirus and the NDIS

The Contact Centre is still the best way to contact the NDIS. Call the Contact Centre on 1800 800 110, Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm

Topics covered include:

  • What is the NDIS doing to help participants?
  • How the NDIS is helping participants in hospitals, prisons and nursing homes
  • How the NDIA is helping people living in remote areas
  • How to manage if you require support workers
  • What to do if you are worried about supplies running out
  • Managing your NDIS plan and budget

Supermarkets

Supermarkets are:

  • Limiting how many of each products customers can buy.
  • Special shopping hours (7am – 8am) for those with senior or concession cards.
  • Offering delivery services or priority assistance for those with senior or concession cards.

To find out what your local supermarket is offering, click the relevant link below:

You can access emergency relief packages by contacting the Victoria Coronavirus Hotline: 1800 675 398 or visit: dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

There are also charities who can help . Find out more on the Disability Service Consulting website here.

Getting help

Auslan
The organisations below have provided Auslan videos on coronavirus COVID-19:

Translations
The organisations below have provided information on coronavirus COVID-19 in different languages:

Domestic Violence

Social isolation can result in increased domestic violence.

If you are in danger call 000. If you are experiencing violence please call 1800RESPECT or visit the 1800RESPECT website.

Even with Stage 4 restrictions across Melbourne, you are allowed to leave your home at any time to escape family violence.

You have the right to feel safe, access medical support and maintain contact with friends and family. You also have the right to leave the house and won’t be fined if you do so.

For more information on seeking safety during Coronavirus, visit the safesteps website.

VicHealth have added a Prevention of family violence and coronavirus page to their Health Promotion Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Hub.

The Centre of Research Excellence – Safer Families has compiled a list of COVID-19 resources as part of their Safer Families Resource Hub.

Read the Royal Commission statement on COVID-19.

Support Workers

Women with Disabilities Australia states:

“As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, many women and girls with disability are concerned about whether they will have access to support workers and advocates. If you are concerned you should ask your regular support worker about the support you will recieve during COVID-19

If you need to look for a new support worker, you can use online databases to do this like Hire Up  or Mable.

You can also find NDIS registered services and support workers on the National Disability Insurance Scheme website.”

Disability Advocacy

Disability advocacy is work an individual, a group or an organisation does to stop a person with disability being treated badly, or to help a person with disability with any issues they may have.

You can find an advocate using the Australian Government Disability Advocacy Finder. “

If you feel unwell

If you have any concerns about your health and Coronavirus please telephone:

  • the Victorian Department of Health and Human Service Hotline on 1800 675 398, or
  • the Commonwealth Coronavirus Information Health Line on 1800 020 080 (including with National Relay Service). For language translations: 131 450.

Both hotlines are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Auslan-interpreted information is available via Expression Australia

More detailed information about Coronavirus is at the DHHS website at https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Mental Health and Coronavirus

 

The blog ‘Blessing Manifesting’ has the following list for managing anxiety you may feel during this time:

For You

  • avoid excessive exposure to media
  • connect through calls/text/internet
  • add extra time for daily stress relief
  • practice self-care
  • focus on your mental health

For Kids

  • reassure them that they’re safe
  • let them talk about their worries
  • share your own coping skills
  • limit their news exposure
  • create a routine and structure

For Quarantine/Isolation

  • keep in contact with your loved ones via social media, texts, and phone calls
  • create a daily self-care routine
  • keep yourself busy: games, books, movies
  • focus on new relaxation techniques

Joining online groups

Women with Disabilities Australia recommends joining online groups:

What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus (also called CoVID-19) is a condition which is spreading throughout the world very quickly. It is a kind of virus which feels like a flu or a bad cold. It is very easy to pass on the Coronavirus to other people, so it is important to understand what the virus is and how to protect yourself and others.

To assist in reducing the spread of Coronavirus, Victoria has now moved to Stage 3 Restrictions.  This means you should not leave your house except when absolutely necessary (medical appointments, food shopping, exercise and to attend work and school which cannot be done from home). You should only meet up with one person at a time.

Looking after Yourself

If you have an assistance animal and have concerns about how the Coronavirus may impact your animal, please contact your training organisation for support.

Coronavirus and the NDIS

The Contact Centre is still the best way to contact the NDIS. Call the Contact Centre on 1800 800 110, Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm

Topics covered include:

  • What is the NDIS doing to help participants?
  • How the NDIS is helping participants in hospitals, prisons and nursing homes
  • How the NDIA is helping people living in remote areas
  • How to manage if you require support workers
  • What to do if you are worried about supplies running out
  • Managing your NDIS plan and budget

Supermarkets

Supermarkets are:

  • Limiting how many of each products customers can buy.
  • Special shopping hours (7am – 8am) for those with senior or concession cards.
  • Offering delivery services or priority assistance for those with senior or concession cards.

To find out what your local supermarket is offering, click the relevant link below:

You can access emergency relief packages by contacting the Victoria Coronavirus Hotline: 1800 675 398 or visit: dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

There are also charities who can help . Find out more on the Disability Service Consulting website here.

Getting help

Auslan
The organisations below have provided Auslan videos on coronavirus COVID-19:

Translations
The organisations below have provided information on coronavirus COVID-19 in different languages:

Domestic Violence

Social isolation can result in increased domestic violence.

If you are in danger call 000. If you are experiencing violence please call 1800RESPECT or visit the 1800RESPECT website.

VicHealth have added a Prevention of family violence and coronavirus page to their Health Promotion Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Hub.

The Centre of Research Excellence – Safer Families has compiled a list of COVID-19 resources as part of their Safer Families Resource Hub

Read the Royal Commission statement on COVID-19.

Support Workers

Women with Disabilities Australia states:

“As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, many women and girls with disability are concerned about whether they will have access to support workers and advocates. If you are concerned you should ask your regular support worker about the support you will recieve during COVID-19

If you need to look for a new support worker, you can use online databases to do this like Hire Up  or Mable.

You can also find NDIS registered services and support workers on the National Disability Insurance Scheme website.”

Disability Advocacy

Disability advocacy is work an individual, a group or an organisation does to stop a person with disability being treated badly, or to help a person with disability with any issues they may have.

You can find an advocate using the Australian Government Disability Advocacy Finder. “

If you feel unwell

If you have any concerns about your health and Coronavirus please telephone:

  • the Victorian Department of Health and Human Service Hotline on 1800 675 398, or
  • the Commonwealth Coronavirus Information Health Line on 1800 020 080 (including with National Relay Service). For language translations: 131 450.

Both hotlines are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Auslan-interpreted information is available via Expression Australia

More detailed information about Coronavirus is at the DHHS website at https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Mental Health and Coronavirus

 

The blog ‘Blessing Manifesting’ has the following list for managing anxiety you may feel during this time:

For You

  • avoid excessive exposure to media
  • connect through calls/text/internet
  • add extra time for daily stress relief
  • practice self-care
  • focus on your mental health

For Kids

  • reassure them that they’re safe
  • let them talk about their worries
  • share your own coping skills
  • limit their news exposure
  • create a routine and structure

For Quarantine/Isolation

  • keep in contact with your loved ones via social media, texts, and phone calls
  • create a daily self-care routine
  • keep yourself busy: games, books, movies
  • focus on new relaxation techniques

Joining online groups

Women with Disabilities Australia recommends joining online groups:

What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus (also called CoVID-19) is a condition which is spreading throughout the world very quickly. It is a kind of virus which feels like a flu or a bad cold. It is very easy to pass on the Coronavirus to other people, so it is important to understand what the virus is and how to protect yourself and others.

To assist in reducing the spread of Coronavirus, Victoria has now moved to Stage 3 Restrictions.  This means you should not leave your house except when absolutely necessary (medical appointments, food shopping, exercise and to attend work and school which cannot be done from home). You should only meet up with one person at a time.

Looking after Yourself

If you have an assistance animal and have concerns about how the Coronavirus may impact your animal, please contact your training organisation for support.

Coronavirus and the NDIS

The Contact Centre is still the best way to contact the NDIS. Call the Contact Centre on 1800 800 110, Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm

Topics covered include:

  • What is the NDIS doing to help participants?
  • How the NDIS is helping participants in hospitals, prisons and nursing homes
  • How the NDIA is helping people living in remote areas
  • How to manage if you require support workers
  • What to do if you are worried about supplies running out
  • Managing your NDIS plan and budget

Supermarkets

Supermarkets are:

  • Limiting how many of each products customers can buy.
  • Special shopping hours (7am – 8am) for those with senior or concession cards.
  • Offering delivery services or priority assistance for those with senior or concession cards.

To find out what your local supermarket is offering, click the relevant link below:

You can access emergency relief packages by contacting the Victoria Coronavirus Hotline: 1800 675 398 or visit: dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

There are also charities who can help . Find out more on the Disability Service Consulting website here.

Getting help

Women with Disabilities Australia also suggest these resources:

Auslan
The organisations below have provided Auslan videos on coronavirus COVID-19:

Translations
The organisations below have provided information on coronavirus COVID-19 in different languages:

Domestic Violence

Social isolation can result in increased domestic violence.

If you are in danger call 000. If you are experiencing violence please call 1800RESPECT or visit the 1800RESPECT website.

Read the Royal Commission statement on COVID-19.

Support Workers

Women with Disabilities Australia states:

“As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, many women and girls with disability are concerned about whether they will have access to support workers and advocates. If you are concerned you should ask your regular support worker about the support you will recieve during COVID-19

If you need to look for a new support worker, you can use online databases to do this like Hire Up  or Mable.

You can also find NDIS registered services and support workers on the National Disability Insurance Scheme website.”

Disability Advocacy

Disability advocacy is work an individual, a group or an organisation does to stop a person with disability being treated badly, or to help a person with disability with any issues they may have.

You can find an advocate using the Australian Government Disability Advocacy Finder. “

If you feel unwell

If you have any concerns about your health and Coronavirus please telephone:

  • the Victorian Department of Health and Human Service Hotline on 1800 675 398, or
  • the Commonwealth Coronavirus Information Health Line on 1800 020 080 (including with National Relay Service). For language translations: 131 450.

Both hotlines are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Auslan-interpreted information is available via Expression Australia

More detailed information about Coronavirus is at the DHHS website at https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Mental Health and Coronavirus

 

The blog ‘Blessing Manifesting’ has the following list for managing anxiety you may feel during this time:

For You

  • avoid excessive exposure to media
  • connect through calls/text/internet
  • add extra time for daily stress relief
  • practice self-care
  • focus on your mental health

For Kids

  • reassure them that they’re safe
  • let them talk about their worries
  • share your own coping skills
  • limit their news exposure
  • create a routine and structure

For Quarantine/Isolation

  • keep in contact with your loved ones via social media, texts, and phone calls
  • create a daily self-care routine
  • keep yourself busy: games, books, movies
  • focus on new relaxation techniques

Joining online groups

Women with Disabilities Australia recommends joining online groups: