• Draft Report finds COVID-19 vaccine strategy and roll-out for people with disability ‘seriously deficient’

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    The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has today released the draft Commissioners’ Report of Public hearing 12: The experiences of people with disability, in the context of the Australian Government’s approach to the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Look after your mental health in the COVID-19 crisis

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    We are living in tough and trying times. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has had a profound impact on our day to day lives, and we are all experiencing heightened anxiety, confusion and isolation. It’s okay not to be okay.

  • Coronacast

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    Coronacast is a podcast that helps to answer your questions about coronavirus or COVID19. It breaks down the latest news and research to help you understand how the world is living through an epidemic.

  • Social Distancing

    Coronavirus is most likely to spread from person to person when we come into close contact with one another. We can all help stop the spread by keeping our distance. Watch this video for useful tips.

  • Coronavirus, and helping children with autism

    In light of the current coronavirus pandemic, this is a special edition about helping children with autism during this time of great upheaval. In this edition of ‘Autism, a parents guide’ Dr Ann Ozsivadjian is joined by special guest Dr Marianna Murin, and interviewed by freelance journalist Jo Carlowe.

  • Older Australians

     

    Coronavirus can be more serious for older Australians, but we can help to protect those most at risk. Watch this video to learn more.

  • Paying your bills in the COVID-19 crisis 

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    Many people are facing financial hardship because of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Because of this, many utility providers, including energy companies, phone and internet providers, government services, and insurers are offering their customers flexibility when it comes to paying their bills.

  • 3 ways to make your online content more inclusive

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    Thursday, May 21, 2020, marks the ninth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). GAAD aims to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access/inclusion and people with different disabilities.

  • What you need to know about Centrelink and COVID-19

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    The Government introduced several payments and supports to support Australians who are financially affected by the COVID-19 crisis but what does it all mean for you? We include the new Temporary COVID disaster payment.

  • Royal Commission seeks comment for Issue Papers

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    The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with a Disability (Disability Royal Commission) has released several Issue papers in recent months. 

  • Mutual Obligations explained

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    If you are unemployed and receiving a payment from Centrelink, there are things you need to do to keep getting your payments and to improve your chances of finding work.

  • Children with Disability and the Return to School.

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    The disruption to routine, moving to children learning from home, and changes overall from COVID-19 have been a rough ride for most. For some parents, educators, and carers, the next hurdle is navigating the return to the school space.

     

  • 6 new things about the NDIS

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    As of 1 July, there have been some significant changes to the NDIS, including the new Price Guide and Support Catalogue, a new Assistive Technology and Consumables Code guide, new operational guidelines for Supported Independent Living, Specialist Disability Accommodation and Medium Term Accommodation, the end of the 10 per cent COVID loading and the expansion of the National Community Connector Program.

  • 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.

  • Special conditions for not wearing a face mask

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    Due to COVID-19 restrictions, wearing a face mask is now mandatory or strongly recommended in some situations and some places. However, in some situations, wearing a face mask will not be appropriate for people with some disabilities, physical or mental health conditions. 

  • How to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

    This video is about what you can do to stop the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, is a virus that has made lots of people sick all around the world.

  • How to Wear a Mask - AUSLAN

    Dr Jean Fizzell from NSW Health outlines how to put on and take off a mask safely with Auslan translations and closed captions. 

  • 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.