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COVID-19 latest information

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COVID-19 latest information

Here is the latest information about COVID-19 that is relevant for your family. The situation is changing quickly and we will keep this as up-to-date as possible.

If you suspect your child or family may have COVID-19, call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 (24 hours, 7 days).

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Protecting your child and family

We have found this information from trusted organisations about how you can protect your child and family:

How to protect your baby podcast with the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer from the Department of Health on ABC Babytalk

Video with tips for keeping well from the Royal Children’s Hospital

Supporting People to Stay Infection Free online training for you and your child’s Support Workers, from Disability Consulting Services

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and children in Australia from Raising Children Network

COVID-19: Identifying the symptoms poster from the Australian Government

Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak from Beyond Blue

Helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak from the World Health Organization

NDIS and COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and support from the NDIS

FAQs for participants from the NDIS

Resources for your child

What is coronavirus social story from Little Puddins

Talking to kids about Coronavirus Aided Language Display from Two Way Street

Handwashing poster from Teachers Pay Teachers

Speaking up for children and families

We are also speaking up for the needs of children with disability and their families in the COVID-19 response. We have raised with the NDIA and government the need for:

  • Healthcare services not to discriminate against children with disability
  • Secure supplies of feeding and incontinence products, medical supplies and protective equipment (gloves, masks and sanitiser) for support workers
  • In-home support for families if schools close
  • Flexibility between Core and Capacity Building supports in NDIS plans and additional funding for in-home support
  • Clear and accessible information
  • Recruitment and training of additional support workers to ensure services continue

Read more about our advocacy and follow us @acdvic