Coronavirus (COVID-19), NDIS and Disability Support

This collection of resources explores the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on disability support and the NDIS in Australia.

Coronavirus Statistics

Australia

Total Confirmed Cases: 1,727,843 Deaths: 2,668 Vaccine Doses Administered: 45,954,013

Confirmed cases by State

ACT: 22,396 / NSW: 773,186 / NT: 6,409 / QLD: 214,577 / SA: 71,393 / TAS: 18,014 / VIC: 620,571 / WA: 1,297

Globally

Confirmed Cases: 327,509,303 Deaths: 5,538,591 Vaccine Doses Administered: 9,620,860,020

Updated 17/1/2022
Source: Johns Hopkins University (JHU)


Safe post COVID-19 pandemic activities

As Governments open borders and the number of Australians with two doses of a COVID-19 vaccination increases, many social restrictions are being removed and activities and events are beginning again. However, life hasn’t returned completely to what it was before the pandemic and it’s absolutely normal to be worried about leaving your home as there is still COVID-19 transmission in the community.

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Preparing to isolate at home due to COVID-19

You could be self-isolating because you want to avoid the virus, particularly if there is a spike in cases where you live, because you have come in contact with someone who has or may have COVID-19, because you have symptoms and want to isolate until you get your test results or because you have tested positive to COVID-19. Regardless of the reason why you might self-isolate, if you plan ahead you will be prepared and the situation will be less stressful.

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Coping with extended self-isolation due to COVID-19

Whether you’re self-isolating to avoid COVID-19, you are a close contact of a case or you have tested positive to COVID-19 yourself, there’s a chance you may need to stay at home for longer than you expected. When your period of isolation gets extended, just remember there are services which can help you to get through it. It’s also a good idea to talk to the people in your support network about how they might help you.

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Supports available to protect you from COVID-19

While parts of Australia are beginning to ease restrictions brought in to curb the spread of COVID-19, many people with disability have not been able to be vaccinated to protect them from the full effect of the virus. There are supports available to help people with disability to access the vaccine and there are also resources to support individuals to make sure they give informed consent to the vaccine.

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Mythbusting information about the COVID-19 vaccine

Cleaning up concerns around "vaccine hesitancy" and misinformation is vital so that people with disability can be better protected against COVID-19, feel comfortable getting the vaccine, and understand and can provide consent when getting the vaccine.

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What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine

With the slow pace of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout to the disability sector in Australia, Federal and State Governments have announced extra measures to prioritise National Disability Insurance Schemes (NDIS) participants. So how do you go about receiving your vaccine and why is it important to do so? Here's what you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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How wearing masks is impacting people with disability

Face masks have become a common accessory on the faces of Australians over the last 18 months. Whether a stylish mask or not, they are an important safety precaution for the general public to stop the spread of COVID-19. However, masks are creating problems for people with disability, as face masks can be a literal barrier to proper communication for some or a sensory concern for others.

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Challenges for unpaid carers during COVID-19

17/04//2020 - Being an unpaid carer is a valuable and rewarding job but it's also a tough one, with many carers juggling multiple responsibilities such as work, family and friends, while making sure their loved one is well looked after.

For many carers, the COVID-19 pandemic adds another level of stress to an already challenging responsibility.

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Staying connected with each other during COVID-19

01/04/2020 - During the COVID-19 outbreak, social distancing measures have been introduced to try and combat the virus. However, it is still important to stay connected to the people around us. For people with a disability, this can be extra challenging during this time.

COVID-19 is interrupting life as we know it and doesn't just affect day-to-day life, it has the potential to impact the mental health of the whole community.

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Helping someone with intellectual disability during COVID-19

27/03/2020 - Information about COVID-19 is continually changing as new information becomes available. It is important everyone understands the information so that they can prepare and protect themselves and others.

For a person with an intellectual disability this could be more challenging. They may be at risk due to not being able to access clear information, low health literacy, or needing to rely on carers.

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How to help keep yourself healthy and safe from COVID-19

25/03/2020 - Making changes to our daily lives in terms of personal hygiene and social behaviours can help slow the spread of the virus which will help limit the impact on other people, businesses, and healthcare services such as hospitals and doctor's clinics.

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Explaining coronavirus and COVID-19

24/03/2020 - A coronavirus is a large family of viruses which can cause sickness in animals or humans.The coronavirus which has caused the current pandemic is known as COVID-19.

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