• Keeping in Touch – Tenant contact service in Victoria

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    An initiative of Housing Victoria and available to public housing tenants aged 75 years and over who live by themselves, Keeping in Touch is a free and confidential telephone service available in Victoria. A once a week phone call is made to registered tenants to check if they are okay.

  • 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.

  • Public transport in the age of COVID-19

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    People with disability are more likely to be 'transport disadvantaged'. In a pandemic, this reality has been amplified. To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the government has asked people to use public transport less.

  • Can't get to a COVID testing clinic? What we know about home testing

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    Anyone with cold or flu symptoms need to get tested for COVID-19. For some people with disability, this is easier said than done. Here's what we know on the use of home, call-to-test or self-testing kits. 

  • 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.

  • Calls to the COVID-19 Disability Info Helpline

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    IDEAS has prepared a Snap Shot of the National COVID-19 Disability Information Helpline it helped operate between April 2020 and January 2021. It shows the type of information and assistance people with a disability have needed as the COVID-19 crisis developed.

  • Disability Royal Commission Hearing on Emergency Planning

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    The Disability Royal Commission turned it's focus to COVID19 and Emergency Planning and Response at a public hearing in August.

  • Human Rights Commission develops guidelines on the rights of people with disability during COVID-19

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    Disability Discrimination Commissioner Dr Ben Gauntlett has released new guidelines to support the rights of people with disability during the COVID-19 pandemic today.

  • Self-care in the time of COVID-19

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    COVID and lockdown fatigue is real. We are all feeling a bit overwhelmed right now and it is easy, especially in the context of working from home, or not being able to work and having to manage home learning and our moods as well as keep up with the day to day changes. Here are some tips to practice and maintain self-care. 

  • Helping Stop the Spread – Your Mob.

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    If you are looking for easy ways to share about Coronavirus (COVID-19) with your mob, there are resources to help you. Animated videos, Auslan Video, official posters, brochures and downloads can help you share the message to stay safe.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • IDPWD - does it still matter?

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    International Day of People with a Disability (IDPWD) is held every year on December 3rd, but does it still matter?

  • Check In Qld App

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    In addition to the hospitality sector, from 9 July 2021 the Check-In Qld app will be mandatory for a number of new sectors, including shopping centres and supermarkets, beauty and personal care services and venues that attract large crowds.

    For the full list, check the Restrictions on Business, Activities and Undertakings Direction.

    Venues must offer OTHER electronic records of check-in for patrons who may not have access to technology.

  • 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. 

  • The New Armchair Travellers

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    Armchair travel has existed for centuries. In the wake of COVID-19, the concept is taking on a fresh direction. Digital travel is the new way to ramble the world as we recover. As the travel and tourism collective plan to regenerate, the use of digital media to entice travellers in the interim has shown to be strategic, and that benefits us all.

  • Inclusive School Holiday Activities Winter

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    We know it seems like we only just sent our kids back to school, and the holidays are here AGAIN. Our IDEAS team have contributed to help get you through, from what we do with our own youngsters, to online opportunities, we pull together some new boredom busters for Winter 2020.

  • What is COVID-19?

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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) is the effect on the human body of SARS-CoV 2, which is a new virus closely related to SARS and in the same family of viruses as MERS. It has not been detected in humans before. It has caused a global pandemic, can cause serious illness and death and is highly contagious. 

     

  • SBS Multilingual Coronavirus videos

    SBS has produced a number of videos to provide information in various languages about coronavirus (COVID-19). It is committed to informing all Australians about the latest coronavirus developments. To this end news and information about coronavirus (COVID-19) is available in a range of languages on the SBS website.

  • $60K relief for IDEAS

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    Disability information service IDEAS has secured a $60,000 grant to help transport its portable toilet and change facility, known as Ezy-Dun.