How to protect yourself, Elders, family and community from Coronavirus and keep safe.

What is Coronavirus (COVD-19)?

Coronavirus is a contagious virus that travelled here from overseas and is affecting the whole world. It is like a very bad flu or a cold and it can be passed very quickly from one person to another. Having knowledge about Coronavirus helps to stop it from being shared around.

Symptoms

Symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat, feeling tired, shortness of breath and trouble breathing.

If you have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call 000 for urgent medical help.

Coronavirus information video – Auslan

This video explains Coronavirus information in Auslan and how to reduce the risk of spreading or contracting the coronavirus or Covid-19.

When to get tested

You should be tested if you are showing symptoms of Coronavirus.

Your doctor or local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services will tell you if you should be tested, what to do and arrange for the test.

You will be tested if you develop a fever or respiratory symptoms and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • You have returned from overseas, including on a cruise ship, in the past 14 days
  • You have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the past 14 days
  • You have severe community-acquired pneumonia and there is no clear cause
  • You are a service provider, healthcare, aged care or residential worker
  • You have lived in an area where there is a higher risk of community transmission

If you have been tested it may take a few days for your test to come back. Find out more information about testing here

GP Respiratory Clinics

The Australian Government is rapidly establishing GP respiratory clinics around the country to help assess people with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms (a fever, cough, shortness of breath, a sore throat and/or tiredness).

Find out below if there is a GP respiratory clinic in your state/territory and near your area and how to register for an appointment:

If there is not yet one in your area, visit your state or territory health department website for more information on fever clinics and other available services.

Update from NDIA

In line with the Australian Government’s advice, all NDIA offices are closed to the public, and face-to-face meetings will no longer be conducted. Services are being provided via phone, email and webchat.

The Minister for the NDIS has announced a range of measures to support NDIS participants and providers during this time. Find out more here

Read the latest advice and changes from the NDIS  here 

Government Health Information

National Disability Information Helpline

1800 643 787

This is a free Disability Information Helpline for people with disability, their families and carers who need help because of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Helpline is available Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm (AEST) and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 7pm (AEST). It’s not available on national public holidays.

National Coronavirus Helpline

1800 020 080

Call this line if you are seeking information on Coronavirus (COVID-19). The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450

If you have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call 000 for urgent medical help.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for people with disability 

The Australian Government Department of Health has created some factsheets with information about Coronavirus.

Check out the factsheets

COVID-19: Ethical decision-making for First Peoples living with disability

First Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDN) in partnership with Professor Cameron Stewart, Sydney Health Law, University of Sydney, and Professor Jackie Leach Scully, Disability Innovation Institute UNSW, have outlined necessary principles and recommendations regarding the ethical decision-making for First Peoples Living with Disability. These guidelines are specific for individuals presenting to an Intensive Care Unit and how their treatment is prioritised and managed.

Read the Statement

10 Powerful Ways to Deal with Fear and Anxiety

FPDN’s Community Connector Tory Paasi has written an opinion piece on ’10 Powerful Ways to Deal With Fear and Anxiety’.

Click the button below to read and share.

Opinion Piece

Some helpful videos to help you stop the spread of Coronavirus and stay safe

Self Care and Coronavirus

Social Distancing

NDIA changes to support NDIS participants through Coronavirus

Stop Coronavirus in it’s tracks

Good Hygiene Starts Here

We can all help to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. This video details good hygiene practices that everyone can adopt.

Social Distancing

Coronavirus is most likely to spread from person to person, when we come into close contact with one another. We can all help stop the spread by keeping our distance. Watch this video for useful tips.

Help Stop The Spread

Helping to stop the spread of coronavirus is something that we can all do. Watch this video for practical tips.

Older Australians

Coronavirus can be more serious for older Australians, but we can help to protect those most at risk. Watch this video to learn more.

Information regarding Coronavirus for States and Territories

All States and Territories have different measures in place to keep their communities safe. These measures may change and be updated in response to what is happening with Coronavirus. For example, some states and Territories have closed remote Aboriginal communities to visitors.

See below for more information.

NEWS from the Royal Commission

Disability Royal Commission calls for urgent action

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability is calling on all Australian governments to ensure that responses to COVID-19 include dedicated strategies and take all necessary measures to protect and support people with disability. Read More>

Statement of concern The response to the COVID-19 pandemic for people with disability 

The Royal Commission is deeply concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with disability. The pandemic is an unprecedented public health, social and economic emergency that requires swift and effective action by governments, businesses and the community. Governments should ensure they take all necessary measures to ensure the protection and safety of persons with disabilities. Read More >

Financial Support

There are a range of State and Federal Government services and financial support systems in place for those who need assistance. please see below for more information.

People with Disability

If you get a disability payment from the Government there are no changes to your payment due to coronavirus. FPDN are currently advocating for this to change.

For further information, click here. 

Carers

If you’re not affected by coronavirus your payment won’t change.

For further information, click here. 

Families

Find out about your family payments and child support if you’re affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Older Australians

If you get an older Australian’s payment from us there are no changes to your payment due to coronavirus. Find out more. 

Financial Support for Individuals and Households

The Australian Government is providing financial assistance to Australians. This assistance includes income support payments, payments to support households and temporary early releases of superannuation.

Find out more here. 

Income support for individuals Factsheet 

Payment to support households Factsheet

Temporary early release of superannuation

The Government is allowing individuals affected by the Coronavirus to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation in 2019-20 and a further $10,000 in 2020-21.

Find out more here.

Information for disability support providers and workers

NSW Department of Health

Advice from the NSW Chief Health Officer for disability providers delivering services in the home

For further information, click here. 

Queensland Government

COVID-19 information for service providers, workers and volunteers

Information for support workers and volunteers

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