Useful resources and contacts to support you through the Coronavirus Pandemic
This list of key resources and contacts is here to support you throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. If you have a question about where to seek support and you are not sure where to direct it, call us on 1800 514 845.
Aboriginal Communities Coronavirus (COVID-19) information
Aboriginal peak organisations and leadership are working closely with state, local and Commonwealth Governments to coordinate response plans and ensure we have the necessary resources, equipment, supplies, and support for our community.
Answering Common Questions about Coronavirus
Tonic Health has released a number of videos answering common questions about COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Tonic Health is a group of well-known, accredited medical professionals. Watch the videos here.
Australian Government Department of Health
Health is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. Their website provides daily updates, questions answered about the latest news, current facts and figures, travel advice, key contact and phone numbers.
Visit Australia.gov.au to learn more about COVID-19 support from all of government including financial support and advice for businesses and employees, help for education providers, advice on domestic and international travel and other community services.
Claiming Centrelink during the COVID-19 Pandemic - Economic Justice Australia
Economic Justice Australia has put together a factsheet about claiming Centrelink during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The guide is broken into two sections:
- claiming Centrelink for the first time, and
- Claiming Centrelink when you have applied for a payment before.
Coronavirus Response Community Grants
City of Melbourne are offering grants of up to $5,000 to help not for profit organisations and community groups support local communities affected by COVID-19.
Examples of assistance may include:
supporting those who are self-isolating, being quarantined at home or are dependent on external services that are no longer running
providing goods or services for vulnerable community members, such as transport or essential supplies like prescribed medication
creating innovative ways to reduce social isolation and build community connection, such as online programs or information sharing.
Applications are now open, find out more
Dementia Help Sheets
Dementia Australia has released four Help Sheets outlining tips for people living with dementia, carers, families and friends of people living with dementia, residential care providers and home care providers. Find them here.
Emergency Care Plans
The Carer Gateway has an Emergency Care Plan Document that can help ensure that the person you care for is looked after if you are unable to care. Find it here.
Emergency Relief Packages for People in Mandatory Self-Isolation
The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has established a new program to support people in mandatory self-isolation, who have little or no food, and no network of family and friends to support them. Each eligible household will receive a two-week supply of essential goods. The program is coordinated by the Red Cross in partnership with Foodbank Victoria under the direction of the State Relief Coordinator.
People who are not eligible for the emergency relief packages are encouraged to be self-reliant and call on the help of family and friends wherever possible during the current pandemic.
From Monday 23 March the program can be accessed by calling Victoria’s dedicated coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.
Emergency Relief Resource for Carers Living in the Western Region
Services Australia has information here for current income support recipients such as Carer Payment, Jobseeker Payment, Disability Support Payment and Aged Pension:
Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID-19
This Industry Code ensures aged care residents are provided the opportunity to receive visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic, while minimising the risk of its introduction to, or spread within, a residential care home.
Mental Health Tips
Taking care of your mental health during coronavirus
Here are some tips to take care of your mental health during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The NIDA has information here for participants and providers on plan flexibility and payments.
The Australian Government’s Department of Health is the official website for the federal response.
The Victorian Government also has its own dedicated local resource.
If you are worried you may have come into contact with COVID-19 please call the Corona Virus Hotline on 1800 020 080 which is open 24 hours 7 days a week.
The Commonwealth Department of Health has information here for older people living at home, including those receiving Commonwealth Home Support Program services or a Home Care Package:
People with Disability Australia COVID-19 Hub
People with disability face unique challenges during this epidemic.
"People with Disability Australia - PWDA" will be updating their website regularly to collate information and resources and updates on their work advocating for the needs and rights of people with disability at all levels throughout the crisis.
Pharmacies Free Prescription Delivery
Pharmacies can now offer free delivery on prescriptions. Speak to your local pharmacy to find out if they have signed up.
Click here for more details
Priority Grocery Deliveries
Stay Informed Coronavirus Offical Government App
Residential Aged Care
The Commonwealth Department of Health has information here for carers, family and friends of older people living in residential aged care facilities.
Check your symptoms
Use the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom Checker to find out if you need to seek medical help.
IMPORTANT: If you have severe difficulty breathing, call triple zero (000) immediately and tell the call handler and the paramedics on arrival about your recent travel history and any close contact with a person with confirmed or probable COVID-19.