COVID-19 LOCKDOWN 6 UPDATE- August 23

Updated: Aug 27, 2021


At Melba, we are continuing to monitor the rapidly changing environment during this recent lockdown. We remain focused on ensuring people we support stay safe and well. We will, once again, be following Government guidelines.


From 1:00pm Saturday 21 August 2021, restrictions across Victoria changed. These changes were introduced to slow the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of people leaving their homes and moving around Victoria. Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria are both in lockdown and you cannot leave your home other than for one of the five reasons.


If you are in Regional Victoria, the curfew does not apply. If you travel to metropolitan Melbourne from regional Victoria for a permitted reason, you will be required to adhere to the curfew whilst you are in metropolitan Melbourne.


. That includes observing the five reasons to leave home (for shopping for necessary goods, for care and care giving, for exercise, for authorised work, and to get a COVID-19 vaccination). We strongly encourage you to get a COVID-19 vaccination too.


Here are some details about our services during this lockdown.


Centre-based activities

  • We will continue to support individuals for whom support is essential.

  • If you need to access this support, please contact the service manager.


ISA

  • Essential Individual Supports will continue.

  • Supports will follow Government directions for five reasons to leave home.


Supported Independent Living (SIL) services

  • SIL services will continue.

  • Supports will follow Government directions for the five reasons to leave home.

  • No more than two visitors are permitted per service per day, to provide essential care and support necessary for the individual’s physical or emotional wellbeing.

  • After a stay with their families, people can return to their Melba home as long as they do not have any symptoms of COVID-19. If they have any symptoms, they must return a negative test before returning home.

STAA (Respite services)

  • STAA (Respite services) will continue.

  • Supports will follow Government directions for the five reasons to leave home.

  • People can access respite as long as they do not have any symptoms of COVID-19. If they have any symptoms, they must return a negative test before arriving at respite.


Support Coordination

  • Support Coordination will continue.


If you have any queries about your support, please contact either your regular service manager, or the General Manager in your region.

Aaron Fry – East: aaron.fry@melbasupport.com.au

Angela Quero – South: angela.quero@melbasupport.com.au

Kerrie White – Gippsland: kerrie.white@melbasupport.com.au

Jacqui McCowan (acting) – Central Highlands & Wimmera: jacqui.mccowan@melbasupport.com.au


Finally, we know that things may change rapidly. If you feel unsure of any advice, we recommend you check the following Victorian Government links below:

Take care!




Melba Families Monthly - August 26th 2021