Keeping connected during COVID-19

The Victorian Government’s Department of Health and Human Services has information and guidance on the current outbreak of coronavirus, which will be updated as the situation evolves. You can access this information and guidance at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

The Department has also prepared information on 10 ways to reduce your risk of contracting coronavirus. One of the best things people can do every day to stop the spread of viruses like coronavirus is to practice excellent hand hygiene, and cough and sneeze etiquette. Information can be read and downloaded here.

If you have concerns about your health, it's best to contact your GP, or if you suspect you may have the coronavirus disease, please call the

DEDICATED HEALTH HOTLINE ON 1800 675 398.

Please keep 000 for emergencies only.

You can also find information and advice at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au.

For the latest advice to share via social media, follow and share content from the Department’s channels:

 

MUNICIPAL COUNCILS

Each of the five municipal councils within the G21 region is providing information on Coronavirus for their residents.  Relevant links are:

City of Greater Geelong

Surf Coast Shire

Golden Plains Shire

Colac Otway Shire

Borough of Queenscliffe

Project News

The Department of Health and Human Services has just updated its guidance for COVID-19 planning in the community services sector.

Community sporting clubs and associations can now make their pitch for a share of more than $100 million in Victorian Government grants dedicated to supporting grassroots players and volunteers.

This framework is designed to provide guidance in managing risks associated with COVID-19 within fitness facilities in Australia. 

The Give Where You Live Foundation is collecting and collating information, resources and services that can support you through the current crisis. Whether you are an individual, business or community service needing help.

The Australian Institute of Families (AIFS) are asking Australian families to tell us how their lives have changed since the COVID-19 pandemic.  The survey will be open until June 2020.

Project Events

Friday, 20 March 2020 (All day) to Tuesday, 30 June 2020 (All day)

The Department of Health has partnered with Aspen Medical who have developed this COVID-19 training. 

This 30-minute online training module is for health care workers in all settings. It covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19. 

Related Resources

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic presents new, unprecedented concerns and challenges for our community, with specialist family violence services already seeing an increase of family violence incidents and referrals as a result of COVID-19.

To assist our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Professionals NATSIHWA has lead a project in collaboration with AIDA, IAHA and CATSINaM to develop a resource toolkit that includes posters on important contacts, tips and information to help you care for yourself, as well as posters for distribution in your communities

The Centre for Social Impact is producing a series of fact sheets to address specific social issue areas in the context of COVID-19. In their first fact sheet, CSI discusses the current state of homelessness in Australia and highlights specific risk areas.

Experiencing family violence can be a frightening and lonely situation. Bethany Community Support offers counselling, support and advice to women and children who are experiencing, or who have experienced, family violence. We work closely with other support services including sexual assault counselling services, Victoria Police, courts and others to support you and your children.

A new story book that aims to help children understand and come to terms with COVID-19 has been produced by a collaboration of more than 50 organizations working in the humanitarian sector, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Save the Children.

Your home is a place where you can create and live a healthy lifestyle as you learn, work, play and love.

Use this toolkit as a starting point to support the health and wellbeing of you and your family.

For many people, including victim survivors of #familyviolence, being at home is not always a safe place.

Feelings of anxiety are common in the uncertainty of COVID-19. Black Dog Institute's tools and resources can be accessed by anyone, anywhere to help deal with this stress.

Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS) provides a webpage comprising high-level advice and resources from reputable sources, relevant to the Victorian community sector.

Please find below two finalised resources for your use / distribution developed by Enliven :

The Council for Intellectual Disability has produced three easy read documents to assist people with intellectual disability during COVID-19: 

Strict new measures have been implemented to slow the spread of COVID-19 to begin flattening the curve.  This includes staying home and maintaining physical distancing for an unspecified amount of time. Isolation from the broader community can pose a number of challenges, and Eastern Health has some tips for how you can stay healthy at home, physically, emotionally and mentally.

Most people throughout the world are currently nervous about the potential impact of COVID-19, however, it’s now more important than ever to remind everyone that we should still consider physical activity to support our immune system, and secondly to support our mental health.

The Sexual Assault and Family Violence Centre have recently develop a fantastic resource which provided support and information regarding family violence during COVID-19. 

 

Feed Geelong know that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is creating added stress for many who need emergency food relief in Geelong.

Due to the long history and support of the food assistance system, Feed Geelong have been updating their website daily...

THE coronavirus presents many uncertainties, and none of us can completely eliminate our risk of getting COVID-19. But one thing we can do is eat as healthily as possible.

It is important to be prepared if you have to isolate yourself from others. You will also be spending more time cooking and eating meals at home while you practice social distancing.

Check out our handy guides and recipes for cooking at home during COVID-19.

Hume Whittlesea PCP have put together this resource list form trusted sources to support you, your organisation and your community. As State and federal Government advice changes, so will this list. 

E-Mental Health in Practice have developed a Factsheet that focuses on looking after your mental health & well-being. 

 

With most of us spending time at home, the OEPCP have been busy putting together tip sheets so you can be productive and stay connected. The tip sheetsgeneral information on COVID-19 and what self-isolation means  can also be found on The Well.

Victorian PCPs are working with their partners in their LGAs to respond to COVID-19 response and recovery.

The following resources have been developed by PCPs to support member agencies and local communities during the COVID-19 crisis and recovery.

Rainbow Health Victoria has created this tip sheet to assist in providing safe and inclusive remote services to LGBTIQ people due to the impact of COVID-19.

The Surf Coast Shire has developed the following fact sheet which provides practical information, helpful tips and local options to support those 65 and over to be healthy at home during COVID-19. 

The Orange Door is a free service for adults, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced family violence and families who need extra support with the care of children. 

Health Translations is an online library which enables health practitioners and those working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities to easily find free translated health information. Access the database of translated coronavirus information. 

Access the latest information resources, plus share your own resources with others – our Health Promotion COVID-19 Resource Hub is supporting health promoters groups by providing evidence-based tools, content and assets to promote important messages to your communities at this critical time.

The COVID-19 pandemic means that many of us are staying at home and doing less in terms of social interactions and exercise. This can have a negative effect on your physical and mental health. 

Below is advice to help you and your family to stay healthy at home during this period of confinement.