An update from melba on COVID-19 impacts- 24 May


Most COVID-19 restrictions have been removed on Friday 22 April.


To view changes: changes to Victoria’s pandemic orders.

Community Services updates are now on the community services sector – COVID-19 web page.


Extra COVID-19 information for disability services is on disability services sector – COVID-19 web page


Factsheets on needle phobia are now available. They are:


COVIDSafe Settings for the disability services sector

All disability services must comply with any applicable directions in the Workplace (Additional Industry Obligations) and have a COVIDSafe Plan for onsite operations. For more information about restrictions and developing a COVIDSafe Plan visit Victoria’s coronavirus website.


NDIS Providers

NDIS providers have obligations under the NDIS Code of Conduct and the NDIS Practice Standards as well as conditions of registration that relate to the delivery of safe, quality supports and services, and the management of risks associated with the supports provided to NDIS participants.

The NDIS Quality & Safeguards Commission

The Commission has issued a fact sheet for providers about COVID-19 outbreak preparedness, prevention and management. This resource contains practical guidance to support providers to ensure workers take reasonable precautions to protect people with disability and themselves, prepare for an outbreak of COVID-19, respond to suspected or confirmed cases in different types of service settings, and manage an outbreak of COVID-19.


From 28 May 2021, community facilities (e.g. community centers and community halls) must use the free Victorian Government QR Code Service through the Service Victoria app. For instructions on how to switch if you are using a non-Service Victoria provider, please go to QR code service and digital record keeping for contact tracing.


Vaccinations

The COVID-19 vaccines are free, safe and voluntary – the more people who are vaccinated, the greater the protection for those vaccinated and the whole community.

  • The COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone in Australia.

  • The best person to talk to if you have concerns about your health and being vaccinated against COVID-19 is your doctor/general practitioner (GP).

  • Visit the Australian Government website for the latest news and updates on COVID-19 vaccines.

  • For the latest vaccine information from the Victorian Department of Health, please visit: COVID-19 Vaccines.

You can also subscribe to the Victorian Department of Health project update mailing list for updates on the vaccination rollout in Victoria.

Information about service users’ rights to consent to or refuse the vaccine can be accessed on the Office of the Public Advocate website.

COVID-19 information for people with disability is available in accessible formats at: Information for people with disability.


Remember as of April 23rd you no longer need to isolate if you are able to test, wear a mask at indoor venues outside your home and not attend hospital’s care facilities unless you have an exemption to be there. For more information use go to ​​​​​​​Checklist for COVID contacts .


Take care,


Hayley


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