Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Information for MAC team, consumers and CALD community groups

At Multicultural Aged Care Inc. (MAC), our primary responsibility and concern remains the safety and welfare of all members of CALD community groups and especially older people, and our staff and volunteers.

In light of the current public health concerns posed by coronavirus (COVID-19), the advice from the Department of Health and the Office for Ageing Well, Multicultural Aged Care has made the difficult decision to suspend the CHSP Social Support Group activities, and the Muslim Meals Service, until further notice. In regards to our training programs, we are updating our resources to make them available online, and are exploring alternative delivery options for our training sessions and network meetings.

Message regarding COVID-19 from the MAC Chairman and CEO

Latest Aged Care Updates

April 8

COVID-19 Update 8 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

COVID-19 Update 15 – 8 April 2020 – SA Health

Protecting Older Australians – Daily COVID-19 Updated 8 April – Department of Health

2020 flu vaccine now available – Media Release – Steven Marshall MP | Stephen Wade MLC | Better Services

April 7
COVID-19 Update 7 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

COVID-19 Update 7 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

COVID-19 Update 14 – 7 April 2020 – SA Health

Issue #15 Aged Care Quality Bulletin – Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission

Protecting Older Australians – Daily COVID-19 Updated 7 April – Department of Health

Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) coronavirus (COVID-19) statements on 7 April 2020 – Department of Health

Modelling how COVID-19 could affect Australia – Department of Health

Update on Coronavirus Measures – Prime Minister of Australia

Press Conference – Australian Parliament House, ACT – Transcript – Prime Minister of Australia

April 6
COVID-19 Update 6 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

COVID-19 Update 13 – 6 April 2020 – SA Health

April 5
COVID-19 Update 5 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

$1.6 million funding boost to help vulnerable – Media Release – Michelle Lensink MLC

More Paramedics to Boost COVID-19 Response – Media Release – Stephen Wade MLC | Better Services

April 4
COVID-19 Update 4 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Protecting Older Australians – Daily COVID-19 Update 4 April – Department of Health

Historic alliance between Public and Private hospitals to defeat COVID-19 – Media Release – Steven Marshall MP | Stephen Wade MLC | Better Services

For the health and wellbeing of all South Australians – please stay home this Easter – Media Release – Steven Marshall MP

April 3
SA Health COVID-19 – Update 12 – SA Health

COVID-19 Update 3 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Protecting Older Australians – Daily COVID-19 Update 3 April – Department of Health

COVID-19 Guide for Home Care Providers – Department of Health

Update on coronavirus measures – Media Statement – Prime Minister of Australia

Press Conference – Australian Parliament House, ACT – Transcript – Prime Minister of Australia

Public transport changes in response to coronavirus – Media Release – Stephan Knoll MP

April 2
SA Health COVID-19 – Update 11 – SA Health

COVID-19 Update 2 April 2020 – Media Release – SA Health

Protecting Older Australians – Daily COVID-19 update 2 April – Department of Health

Further expansion of CHSP Flexibility Provisions – Department of Health

Press Conference – Australian Parliament House, ACT – Transcript – Prime Minister of Australia

Early childhood education and care relief package – Media Release – Prime Minister of Australia

Letter from the Chief Public Health Officer to Operators of Residential Aged Care Facilities in South Australia Please find attached a letter from the Chief Public Health Officer, Associate Professor Nicola Spurrier, seeking information to be provided in the interests of monitoring and protecting the health of older people living in residential aged care facilities.

March 31
March 29
Press Conference – Australian Parliament House, ACT – Transcript – Prime Minister of Australia

National Cabinet Statement – Media Release – Prime Minister of Australia

Press Conference – Australian Parliament House, ACT – Transcript – Prime Minister of Australia

$1.1 billion to support more mental health, Medicare and domestic violence services – Media Release – Prime Minister of Australia

Barossa Valley COVID-19 cluster – Government of South Australia

COVID-19 Update 29 March 2020 – SA Health

March 28
COVID-19 in Australia: we are not Italy, Iran or Spain – Department of Health

COVID-19 Update 28 March 2020 – SA Health

Deputy Chief Medical Officer’s press conference about COVID-19 on 28 March 2020 – Transcript – Department of Health

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 Update– Department of Health

Press Conference – Australian Parliament House, ACT – Transcript – Prime Minister of Australia

Update on coronavirus measures – Media Release – Prime Minister of Australia

March 27
SA Health COVID-19 – Update 6 – SA Health

Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 Update – Department of Health

National Cabinet update – Media Release – Prime Minister of Australia

March 26
Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update – Department of Health

National Cabinet update – Media Release – Prime Minister of Australia

March 22
Update on Coronavirus Measures – Prime Minister of Australia
March 11

Where to Find More Information

Coronavirus Health Information Line
Call this line if you are seeking information on coronavirus (COVID-19). The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

1800 020 080

SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787

“Coronavirus Australia” government app & WhatsApp channel
Download the “Coronavirus Australia” government app in the Apple App Store or Google Play

Join Department of Health WhatsApp channel on iOS or Android.

Translated Resources
SA  Health – 6  Simple Steps – 26 languages

Department of Health

SBS Portal – 63 languages

Ethnolink – Collated selection of translated resources from various official sources, ordered by language.

Department of Health and Human Services – Government of Victoria

SA Government Information and Updates
Daily Update – updated daily

Essential Information

healthdirect Coronavirus (COVID-19) Online Symptom Checker
Answer questions about your symptoms to see if you need to seek medical help or get tested. This tool is available online at any time.

 

Mental health support

Head to Health

During times like these it is important to continue to connect with people (online, by phone) and support each other’s mental health and wellbeing. The Australian Government website Head to Health has plenty of information to support you and your communities through this time:

https://headtohealth.gov.au/covid-19-support

Beyond Blue

This is a difficult and unsettling time, and if you need mental health support you can call the Beyond Blue Support Service. The free and confidential service is available every day to all Australians online from 3pm to midnight AEST or 24 hours a day by phone on 1300 22 4636.

The Beyond Blue Online Forums have a dedicated ‘Coping with the Coronavirus outbreak’ section for anyone seeking a safe and anonymous place to discuss their mental health and wellbeing. For practical information and tips, please visit Beyond Blue – looking after you mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

MindSpot Wellbeing Plus Course

MindSpot also offers a ‘Wellbeing Plus’ online course for people 60+ years. It aims to help older adults learn to manage stress, anxiety, worry, low mood and depression. The course was funded by a grant from beyondblue. COVID-19 resources are also available on the MindSpot website.

Online Training
How to protect yourself and the people you are caring for from infection with COVID–19 – An online training module is available on infection control for care workers across all sectors in preparing for COVID–19.

Topics include:

  • Infection Control Training Module

COVID-19 Free Online Course by Altura Learning – Altura Learning has produced a training video which explains the virus and symptoms of the disease. This course also provides practical demonstrations of hand hygiene, application and removal of PPE and practical strategies to help prepare and mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

Webinar on COVID-19 aged care preparation for home environments – Aged care, health and infectious disease experts discuss the role and capacity of home care providers, Community Home Support Programme providers and the assessment workforce as part of the national response to COVID-19.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) self-isolation and test status notification form
The Australian Government is collecting this information to help inform the Government’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

You can help by sharing details of self-isolation, and test results (if applicable). This form is voluntary to complete.

COVID Form

Consumer and Business Services - Rental advice due to COVID-19
Recognising the impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had on a number of South Australians, the State Government is proposing a number of initiatives aimed at helping landlords and tenants whose incomes have been affected.

Rental advice due to COVID-19

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