• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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. 

  • 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.

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    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.

     

     

  • Live in SA - Need to Know COVID-19 Info

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    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 your state.

  • Disability Gateway COVID -19

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    Do you have a question about Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

    Do you need help because things have changed?

    Contact the Disability Gateway on 1800 643 787. 

  • Bullying, Abuse, Domestic and Family violence, how and where to get help and support.

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    Highlighted since the start of COVID-19, concerns about domestic and family violence have grown. This article has telephone contacts, Apps and web resources to help you or someone you know who is vulnerable to domestic or family violence.

  • Auslan Videos about the COVID vaccine

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    The Australian Health Department has released videos in Auslan about the COVID-19 Vaccines. We share the resources and links.

  • COVID-19 information for people with a disability start here

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    There is a lot of information being shared about Coronavirus (COVID-19). IDEAS has put together this information for people with a disability about COVID-19. If you want to know more, start here.

  • NSW and QR Codes

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    QR codes or electronic check-in methods are now mandatory for all hospitality venues and some other businesses in NSW.   We explain what they are, how they work, and what to do if you do not have a mobile phone.

  • Live in QLD? Need to Know COVID-19 Disability Info

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    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 your state.

  • Increase Disability Support Pension now to deal with COVID-19

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  • Changes to JobKeeper and JobSeeker

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    The Government is ending the JobKeeper payment and Coronavirus supplement and making changes to JobSeeker. Mutual Obligations for JobSeeker and other income support recipients now also apply. 

  • Online meetings and supporting inclusive practices

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    An increase in online meet-ups has some people wondering what the "rules" are. Are they the same as a face-to-face meeting? Here we discuss what makes best practice whether you are a meeting attendee or organiser, some tips on holding an inclusive meeting and communicating clearly.

  • Grocery shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic

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    We have seen it before, panic buying and a shortage of supplies on supermarket shelves, especially toilet paper, as a COVID-19 lockdown is announced. Supermarkets introduced drastic new measures to address this, which included strict limits on item purchases per transaction, priority deliveries and restricted access times for Australians who are older or have a disability. We have the latest information, and tips on how to get your shopping.