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Disability sector receives COVID-19 vaccine on the Downs

 

 

Pictured are clients and disability staff located in the Darling Downs region. They received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination hub held in Toowoomba in mid-July. The hub was hosted by Quality Lifestyle Support (QLS) at their social enterprise café Another Life Coffee and Wares. 

QLS Director Robyn Cavanagh said the hub provided easy access to the COVID-19 vaccine in a safe and welcoming environment.

“It’s pleasing to know that our clients and staff are on their way to being fully vaccinated, providing a layer of comfort not only to them but also to their loved ones,” Ms Cavanagh said.

This initiative is supported by the Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN. PHN CEO Merrilyn Strohfeldt said it was pleasing to see the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out in disability services underway.

 

Lifestyle Solutions vaccination hubs

 Lifestyle Solutions have vaccine hubs open for bookings in Sydney, Newcastle (NSW) and Beenleigh (QLD). They are specifically for NDIS participants, people with disability, their support staff or carers, as well as people working in aged care.

The hubs are open 5 days a week over the weeks of 9 to 13 August 2021 (Dose 1) and 30 August to 3 September 2021 (Dose 2). This will allow for a minimum of 21 days between doses.

Please share this information and the booking link to your networks in the disability and aged care sector.

The QR code below will take you to the Healthcare Australia (HCA) Aged Care and Disability Sector COVID-19 booking system. 

 

 

 

 

State

 

Hub Location

 

Dose 1 dates

 

Dose 2 dates

NSW

Lifestyle Solutions

Level 2, 11 – 15 Deane Street, BURWOOD, NSW, 2134

9 – 13 August 2021

30 August – 3 September 2021

NSW

Lifestyle Solutions

37 Fern Street   NEWCASTLE, NSW, 2296

9 – 13 August 2021

30 August – 3 September 2021

QLD

Lifestyle Solutions

Suite 203/58-60 Manila Street BEENLEIGH, QLD, 4207

9 – 13 August 2021

30 August – 3 September 2021

 

 

Please do not share this link with family & friends who are not considered an unpaid or informal carer to the NDIS participant.

 

You can check your vaccination eligibility with the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker .

 

 

Infection prevention and control signage 

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) have revised their poster on infection prevention and control. This was based on guidance issued by the Australian Government Infection Control Expert Group. The poster deals with situations where the assessed risk of transmission of COVID-19 is low. The poster is now more generic and as such more appropriate for disability settings. 

 

 

 

The Commission’s COVID-19 Break the Chain poster  will also be of interest to the disability services sector. This poster illustrates the chain of transmission of infection of COVID-19. The poster highlights measures that can be implemented to interrupt the spread of infection.

  

 

COVID-19 coronavirus in pictures

 

 

Healthdirect  have a range of infographics to explain COVID issues along with Stay Informed videos

Webinar for people with disability, their families and carers

The Department of Health hosted a webinar for people with disability, their families and carers on Thursday 5 August 2021. The Department will publish a recording of the meeting soon, which can be accessed on the video and webinar  section of www.health.gov.au . A link to the transcript and video will be in a subsequent Alert.

The webinar was well attended with more than 280 participants. Attendees asked the panel a wide range of questions. These questions covered vaccines, roll-out of vaccines to people with disability and disability workers as well as the 12 to 15 year old age group eligibility. It was a highly interactive session.

Special thanks to Grace Edward from Refugee Health Network Queensland for participating on the panel and sharing her personal COVID-19 vaccination experience.

Social post 

The below social media post is for you to distribute through your channels. Accompanying images are attached to the email that was sent to you, or can be accessed on the provider alert edition page at this link .

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Facebook

Caption: 

Disability Care workers are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. If you work in disability care, especially in outbreak area, don’t delay. Protect yourself and the people you care for today at: https://www.health.gov.au/eligibility-checker

#health #COVID19 #COVID19vaccines

Link: https://www.health.gov.au/eligibility-checker 

 

Twitter

Caption: Disability Care workers are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. If you work in disability care, especially in outbreak area, don’t delay. Protect yourself and the people you care for today at: https://www.health.gov.au/eligibility-checker  #health #COVID19 #COVID19vaccines

Link: https://www.health.gov.au/eligibility-checker 

 

Instagram

Caption: Disability Care workers are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. If you work in disability care, especially in outbreak area, don’t delay. Protect yourself and the people you care for today at: https://www.health.gov.au/eligibility-checker  #health #COVID19 #COVID19vaccines

Link: https://www.health.gov.au/eligibility-checker 

Resources to support people getting vaccinated 

The Department of Health encourages disability providers to have vaccination resources available in Easy Read  format and in other languages  for people getting vaccinated. These resources cover all aspects of the vaccination process including preparing for COVID-19 vaccination and the period after the COVID-19 vaccination. You can download and print these from the Department of Health website.

For more information call the National coronavirus and  COVID-19 vaccination helpline on 1800 020 080.

 

 

 

 

 

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NEXT HoH OUTING.

DEAFBLIND AWARENESS WEEK 2021

Unfortunately we were not able to organise any functions for DeafBlind Awareness week in Sydney.

 

We are hopeful that some of our regular events will be back up & running as soon as possible. Look out for notices here on our website and on our Facebook page.

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 NOTE - NO CRAFT OR TECHNOLOGY IN MAY or JUNE 2021.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATION GROUP!

If you love using technologies such as smartphones and computers, and you enjoy supporting other people to learn, we would love to hear from you.

We have a small group of members with different degrees of hearing loss and sight loss are currently seeking help to practice technologies. The two-hour session is from 10:15 am - 12:15 pm on the 3rd Friday of each month at 29 Burwood Rd, Concord NSW. Our group has been running for more than a year now.

This is a challenging but highly rewarding volunteering role – you will “see” things through the “eyes” of people with deafblindness. You will have unique opportunities to practice multiple ways of communication. More importantly, this may change the life of people with deafblindness, as mastering technology brings unmeasurable possibilities. In return, our members may also teach you some Auslan signs, fingerspelling, braille skills as well as the hidden functions of a smartphone and secret apps.

Whether you have relevant experience or not, your involvement will be invaluable.

We will find suitable tasks that suit your passion and ability. We're sure your participation will enhance inclusion and bring us new ideas for communication, technology and social integration.

We look forward to meeting you and learning more about each other.

*Art and Craft group start from 1 pm on the same days, volunteers are also wanted.

Contact: Janne Bidenko, dbansw@bigpond.com and 0432 570 210

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PHD RESEARCH INTO DEAFBLIND PEOPLE'S EXPERIENCES OF HOSPITAL 

Annmaree Watharoy is a Deafblind PHD candidate with University of Technology, Sydney. Annmaree is wanting to interview Deafblind people about their experiences of being in hospital.  Interviews can be face to face, email, mail or Skype.  Contact Annmaree if you are interested in sharing a story by email at 88547166@uts.edu.au

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 MEETINGS FOR 2020

  • Bi-monthly Board Meetings
    2nd Friday of even months

  • Technology Practice Session 
    10-12.30am  
    3rd Friday of month
    First Session for 2021 is 19th February

     
  • Craft in the afternoon
    1-3pm   3rd Friday of month
    First Session for 2021 is 19th February

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