ISSUES ARISING FROM COVID-19
Many people with disability have seen changes in our lives from the current COVID 19 public health emergency. These have included:
- changes to supports, including NDIS supports and Centrelink supports
- changes to their ability to access adequate and quality supports
- increased isolation
- changes to healthcare
- increase in abuse and neglect cases
PERSONAL CARE AND RISK REDUCTION
It is very important for all people to stay a safe distance from all other people and for everyone to maintain strict hygiene, to ensure that the virus does not have an opportunity to spread. Advice is to stay 1.5 metres away from people.
People with disability may often rely on others in their every-day life for things like
personal care support or support with daily activities. This may mean they’re more
likely to have physical contact with others. For these people we strongly encourage
awareness in adhering to COVID-19 health advice. This can add challenges and a
need for more, or different types of support in order to keep safe and healthy.
GOVERNMENT ADVICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY
The Federal Government Department of Health website details information and a number of resources to advise people with disability.
COVID-19 AND THE DISABILITY ROYAL COMMISSION
An outline of the measures taken by the Commonwealth in response to COVID-19 in relation to people with disability can be found on the Disability Royal Commission site.
NDIS AND COVID-19
Please refer to our NDIS and COVID-19 page in NDIS section for links to resources provided by NDIA regarding impacts and response to COVID-19.
DACSSA IS HERE FOR YOU
If you wish to speak with someone about changes that have happened in your life that are negatively affecting you, and you require support or assistance to resolve, please contact DACSSA on 08 7122 6030. If it’s easier to write, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to us through our Contact Us page, or complete an online form (below) and we’ll give you a call.ONLINE FORM