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Keeping you Safe: COVID-19 Updates

The Autism Association is here to support you and your family at this challenging time. The health and welfare of individuals with Autism, their family and carers, is at the forefront of our minds in every decision we make.

Please be assured that the health and wellbeing of our clients are of the utmost importance to us. We have a team who are meeting regularly to review new information and advice on COVID-19 and to make decisions on the best way to support our clients at this time. Decisions that we make will be based on information provided by the Western Australian Department of Health, and the Australian Government.

Latest Updates

Masks are mandatory for Perth and Peel in all indoor public venues from 6pm, 16 January 2022.

Based on the latest health advice, a mask requirement for all indoor public settings will be introduced for the South West from 6:00pm, Monday 17 January, 2022.

The mask mandate will not apply to the home, people with disabilities, people doing vigorous indoor exercise, or children in primary school or younger.

Existing proof of vaccination requirements for venues and events will remain in place, including Nightclubs; Music festivals and major events (above 500 people); Pubs, taverns, hotels (hospitality) and Special Facility Licenses with a capacity of more than 500 people or these specific licensed venues that trade after midnight; Events with an Occasional Liquor Licence; and the Crown gaming floor. See the full update on the Government website here.

 

Services and other information

All of our services are in operation are being closely monitored to ensure standards of hygiene and safe practices are in place at all facilities.

As of the 1st February, proof of vaccination will be required to be shown to enter any Association facility.

Our Staff:

All Association staff are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and this is a requirement of employment.

We have put in place robust reporting and work requirements for our staff, a Pandemic Response Plan and are undertaking planning for staff shortages if they arise. These measures are intended to safeguard the people we support.

Questions:

If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to your Coordinator or Therapist who is your key contact.

 

Where do I get more information?

You can call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080; or we also encourage you to visit WA State Government’s website for the latest information about the COVID-19 virus and its current impacts in your area.

Resources for Download

 

Our wonderful team of therapists are busily preparing and collating great resources that can support our clients and families across the pandemic.

Therapists can provide customised home therapy packs for their clients that include visual supports, tips sheets, activities and more! Chat to your Key Therapist today!

Not accessing services with us? Contact our Autism Advisory service on (08) 9489 8900. 

In the meantime, the following resources are available to download with more coming soon! 

Useful Websites

Our Therapists have identified the following websites that may prove useful to Families at this time: 


Federal Department of Health:

Health is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. Our information provides daily updates, answering your questions about the latest news, current facts and figures, travel advice, key contact and phone numbers: https://www.health.gov.au/

A collection of coronavirus (COVID-19) campaign resources for the general public can be found here: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-campaign-resources

NDIS 

Check this page regularly for the latest information on the response to coronavirus (COVID-19): https://www.ndis.gov.au/coronavirus

WA Disability Services – WA Dept. of Communities

Information for National Disability Insurance Scheme participants and providers through COVID-19: https://www.communities.wa.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19/disability-services-covid-19/

Department of Social Services

The Disability Information Helpline provides information and referrals for people with disability who need help because of coronavirus (COVID-19): https://www.dss.gov.au/disability-and-carers/information-and-referrals-for-people-with-disability-and-their-supporters-about-coronavirus-covid-19

WA Department of Health

Updates as new information becomes available:  https://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/Coronavirus

WA Covid19 Clinics: https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/COVID-clinics

World Health Organisation

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

Department of Education

All Western Australian public schools are being supported by the Department of Education to implement a plan in relation to COVID-19. Information for Parents can be found here: https://www.education.wa.edu.au/coronavirus-school-update

Positive Partnerships

Online learning modules and webinars that cover a wide range of autism-related topics. Free and available at your convenience: https://www.positivepartnerships.com.au/

Raising Children Network

Find information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and protective hygiene, plus tips to help you and your family cope: https://raisingchildren.net.au/guides/coronavirus-covid-19-guide

Head to Health

Head to Health is committed to providing Australians with trusted information and digital supports to help support everyone’s mental health and wellbeing during this pandemic. https://headtohealth.gov.au/covid-19-support/covid-19

Student Wellbeing Hub

Find topics and student learning resources on things like dealing with bullying, how to be smart online, and lots more. You can also find games, videos and websites just for you: https://studentwellbeinghub.edu.au/students/

Autism Focused Intervention Resources & Modules (AFIRM

Strategies to support individuals with ASD through uncertain times: https://afirm.fpg.unc.edu/supporting-individuals-autism-through-uncertain-times

Every Australian Counts

Information about coronavirus – or COVID-19 is changing every day – and information can be hard to find. This website has collated a range of information into one place for people with disability, their families and carers: https://everyaustraliancounts.com.au/ndis-coronavirus-resources/

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