• Public hearing to examine the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out for people with disability

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    The Royal Commission is examining the approach of the Australian Government and its agencies to the vaccination of people with disability and disability support workers in the context of the COVID-19 Vaccine rollout. 

  • COVID Vaccine Rollout

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    The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved the Pfizer/BioNTech and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for use in Australia. What does this mean for people with a disability and when will they be able to access the vaccine? Links to Easy Readand Auslan resources.

  • Tasmania: COVID-19 and travel restrictions

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    From the official Tasmanian Government website regarding the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

  • Queensland Border Restrictions

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    Queensland has reviewed the border restrictions that were in place. We explain the current restrictions.  

  • Perth Lockdown and WA Border restrictions update

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    This article contains information about Western Australia and Perth Coronavirus (COVID-19) rules and restrictions.

  • Packing for an Emergency

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    With the emergencies we have all faced in recent history, the need to be prepared is again highlighted. Bushfires, Floods and a Pandemic. In the event you need to evacuate in a hurry, or you may be without power and clean drinking water, a little planning now will spare you precious time.

  • Health Passports, Hospital Companion Documents

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    These tools can assist a person with disability if they need to go to the hospital. These documents have been developed to help frontline healthcare staff understand the needs of the person with disability when they present to the hospital. Read through and decide the best option for you, then complete the information for your needs.

  • Living in strange times: the COVID-19 World

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    Hello, my name is Carolyn Campbell-McLean. Before COVID I worked two days out of home and two days from my home office near Parramatta in Sydney. This is my story.

  • Easy English Coronavirus COVID-19 Resources

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    A list of links to resources to support people who use Easy English, Easy Read or picture stories. These are about Coronavirus also called COVID-19. Topics include rules, mental health, help, money, support, self-help, staying safe, social bubbles, vaccines and more.

  • Disability and Wearing Face Masks - COVID-19

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    Masks are considered a tool to protect ourselves and each other from Coronavirus. We try and bring together all the info you need about masks in one place. This blog contains information and links to videos all about face masks. Making, wearing and washing face masks; and the lawful reasons that masks are not needed.


  • How to maintain healthy habits during COVID-19 with food and exercise

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    Feeling overwhelmed? Is all the information giving you a headache?
    Is your nutrition and exercise routine the first thing to go when life gets a little bizarre?
    That is where IDEAS quick tips to maintaining healthy habits during COVID-19 shines.

  • Live in NSW? The latest about COVID-19

    Map of Australia, pins on NSW, words on a clipboard NSW COVID19 update

    Things do keep changing with COVID-19 and it is important to keep up to date so that you can stay safe. Here are resources for New South Wales.

  • Flu and COVID-19 Vaccines - should you get them?

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    Government-funded influenza vaccines have been available to providers since mid-April 2021. It is recommended that people get their flu shot before the cold and flu season starts. Are you eligible for a free vaccination, and who can you speak to for advice?

  • Money Matters

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    The COVID crisis has had a massive impact on our economy. IDEAS have put together a series of articles to help you to manage your money in these challenging times.

  • No Interest Loans

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    No-interest loans are available through some government programs and charities to help people on low incomes get by in times of financial hardship. 

  • Check In Qld App

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    The Queensland check-in app will be mandatory from May 1 2021 for all Queensland hospitality businesses. To help keep Queensland COVID-safe, and to help with contact tracing. Everyone attending hospitality venues must check-in electronically. Venues must offer other electronic records of check-in for patrons who may not have access to technology.

  • Telehealth

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    Over the last year, Telehealth has changed the way health care is delivered. You can now talk to your GP or other health professionals from the comfort of your own home, without spending hours in the waiting room.

  • National Crisis Numbers

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    Need someone to talk to? Or someone to help you? Support? We have a list of key contacts to help you.

  • COVID-19 testing for people with a disability.

    A woman in a car with a medical mask is about to have a covid -19 test. A person off camera is holding a swab and container.

    IDEAS has put together information on COVID-19 testing, locations, what to expect, where to find testing centres, how long results take and how to get help about access needs at testing clinics.



  • What to do in isolation in the School Holidays

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    School holidays seem to come around all too quickly and children across the country have spent time in isolation, for all the parents who are searching for ideas on how to cope, we are here to help. Read on for plenty of activities to keep boredom away from toddlers to teens.