Headway Gippsland Inc.

Headway Gippsland will try to keep you updated during the coronavirus pandemic with some useful information.

Here are some useful links:

COVID-19 info in Victoria – click here.

COVID-19 vaccine – info for people with disabilityclick here.

NDIS Commission COVID-19 info –  click here.

Personal protective equipment – click here.

Scroll down for resources and local updates.

Recommendations for using a cloth face mask

The government requires everyone in Victoria to wear a face mask, both indoors and outdoors, except if you are at home, or if you have an exemption applies. Face masks must be carried at all times.

In the following video, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, Brett Sutton demonstrates how to wear a face mask correctly.

“I recommend a cloth mask, made of three layers of a mix of breathable fabrics, to ensure adequate protection,” Mr Sutton said.

“A mask should fit securely around the face, specifically covering your nose and mouth areas. The mask should fit snugly on your face and be secured by ties at the back of your head or ear loops.”

Do you need a face mask?

Warragul Community House is very generously sewing fabric face masks to give away for free.

You can drop in to Drouin Library, Warragul Library or Warragul Community House and ask for a mask.

For more information about Warragul Community House, click here.

Coronavirus testing in Gippsland

If you have coronavirus symptoms (fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and loss of sense of smell or taste) you should get tested.

The Gippsland primary health network has information about testing in the region on its website – click here.

There are six respiratory clinics across Gippsland. They are in Warragul, Sale, Foster, Wonthaggi, Bairnsdale and Morwell.

For general information about getting tested, visit the DHHS website here.

What organisations are operating in Gippsland?

Central West Gippsland Primary Care Partnership has created some overview reports of the organisations operating during the pandemic.

Click here for Baw Baw.

Click here for Latrobe.

Here is a video demonstrating the proper procedure for getting dressed up in personal protective equipment (PPE).

Resources for people with a disability

This list of resources might assist. It has been compiled by DSC who specialise in understanding the NDIS.

Click here for more detail.

Download the COVIDSafe app

The Australian government is encouraging people to download an app called COVIDSafe.

It is designed to help the government track down the people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, and hopefully, slow the spread of the virus and save lives.

The COVIDSafe app is completely voluntary.

Click here for more detail about the app and how to download it.

We pay our respects to the traditional custodians, their elders and ancestors of the lands, which our organisation sits. We acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and welcome you to our service. Headway Gippsland is committed to treating all people with dignity and respect.

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