OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19

We are proud of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and we are grateful to our community for working together to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 infections, to maximise vaccinations, and keep exposure sites low. We remain committed to ensuring that the safety of our participants, families and staff are of top priority. To ensure that our community is kept informed, we continue to provide you with the latest updates on our services, information about the vaccination rollout and access to support resources. Find the latest COVID-19 updates below.

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Announcements

The latest announcements and updates on our services

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COVID Vaccine Information

Information about COVID-19 vaccines, booster shots and getting vaccinated in Victoria.

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Exposure Site Update

Find out how the Victorian Government are reporting on exposure sites.

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Support Resources

Find Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and support from leading authorities to help you to stay informed.

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Wellbeing & Mental Health

Find resources with advice and strategies to help you manage your wellbeing and mental health.

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Contact Us

We continue to work closely with families and carers during this time. Please get in touch here.

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OC Connections is committed to keeping participants and families up to date with the latest COVID-19 (Coronavirus) news, information, and helpful resources. 

Please contact OC Connections on 9569 0603 if you have any queries regarding our operations during this time.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Priority PCR testing for disabilty workers

National Disabilty Services (NDS) have advised that disability workers identified as COVID-19 positive contacts are now in the Priority 1 group for PCR testing with results to be processed quickly.   Priority testing applies when a disability worker is a contact (regardless of whether it is a workplace, household, or social contact) or if symptomatic. This priority does not apply to surveillance […]

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Vaccine blitz for booster shots from 21-24 January, with more walk-up clinics available

The Government have announced another vaccine blitz for Victorians from Friday 21 January to Monday 24 January at state-run clinics, to accommodate the large number of people over the age of 18 now eligible for the booster shot. Victorians over the age of 18 will now be eligible to get their vital third dose of […]

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COVID booster mandated for essential workers

Under new pandemic orders in place from Wednesday 12 January, workers in key sectors who are already required to be fully vaccinated must get their third dose before being permitted to work onsite.   This will apply to healthcare, aged care, disability, emergency services, correctional facility, quarantine accommodation and food distribution workers. Workplaces must sight […]

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COVID VACCINE INFORMATION

Over 90% of the eligible Victorian population have now received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. This is a big step towards keeping our community safe, however, we still need to remain vigilant by monitoring symptoms, staying safe and getting tested. We should also consider receiving the booster shot 6 months after our 2nd dose.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE COVID-19 VACCINE?

Anyone aged 12 ears and over is eligible to be vaccinated. Those aged 12 years and over are elgible to recieve the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines at participating venues. Anyone aged 18 and over can receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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WHERE TO GET YOUR VACCINATION

See the locations of all vaccination centres, including sites offering walk in appointments and booster doses. The map provided on this site identifies where you can get your vaccine, the contact number to book for your vaccine appointment, or which centres you can walk in without an appointment. It also provides advice on which centre’s have reached capacity.

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ABOUT COVID VACCINES

Find out how the COVID-19 vaccines work, how they are approved, how the government decides how to use them, and where to go for credible information.

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VACCINE BOOSTER SHOTS

You are eligible for a COVID-19 booster dose if: you are 18 years and older, and have had your second dose of your primary dose course of COVID-19 vaccination at least 6 months ago. Booster doses are not mandatory, however they are recommended to maintain immunity against COVID-19.

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VACCINE RESOURCES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY

INFORMATION FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY

Information from the Department of Health about COVID-19 vaccines for people with disability.

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EASY READ RESOURCES

A series of fact sheets from Department of Health about COVID-19 vaccines in Easy Read format.

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Booster shots for people with disability

Find out about third doses for people who are immunocompromised, booster shot eligibility and the booster program for people with disability in shared residential accommodation.

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COVID-19 exposure site update

The Department of Health are no longer publishing new exposure sites. 

Instead, the Department of Health will use the new alert function in the Service Victoria app or direct SMS message to notify patrons of higher-risk venues where positive cases have been present – such as restaurants, gyms and nightclubs – and advise them to get tested.

Please note Isolation rules for COVID-19 exposure at public settings (such as the currently listed exposure sites) have changed.

Support Resources & Links

Below are resources from leading authorities including the Australian Federal Government, the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Disability Insurance Scheme. 

Australian and Victorian Government websites 

The latest official Coronavirus news, updates and advice from the Australian Government. Read more

Advice, information and support for people with disabilities. Read more

Protecting yourself and Auslan videos for the disability sector.
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A guide for Home Care Providers. Read more

Head to Health wellbeing resource. Read more

National Disability Insurance Scheme

The NDIS main page for Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and support.
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Information for participants in Easy English and languages other than English.
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NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

Links to updates about COVID-19 and resources for NDIS participants. Read more

Fact sheet: NDIS participant information. Read more

Easy English: Staying safe from Coronavirus. Read more

Easy English: Look after your mental health during coronavirus. Read more

National Disability Services

Resources, tools and products for the disability sector. Read more

Beyond Blue Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service

A website with regularly updated information, advice and strategies to help you manage your wellbeing and mental health during this time.  Read more 

WELLBEING & MENTAL HEALTH

Victorian Government mental health resources
It’s important to look after your mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


Beyond Blue
The Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service is a dedicated service for those feeling anxious, stressed, depressed or need assistance during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Phone: 1800 512 348


Carers Victoria
Represents and provides support for carers in Victoria.
Phone: 1800 514 845

Disability Information Helpline
Access to information and referrals for people who need help because of coronavirus (COVID-19), including access to counselling.
Phone: 1800 643 787 (Monday to Friday 8am – 8pm)


Headspace/Eheadspace
Online and webchat support and counselling for 12-25-year-old Victorians, their family and friends.
Phone: 1800 650 893

Kids Helpline
A confidential and private counselling service specifically for children and young people aged 5 to 25 years.
Phone: 1800 55 1800

Lifeline Australia
A crisis support service offering short term support at any time for people who are having difficulty coping or staying safe.
Phone: 13 11 14


Orygen Digital
A specialist mental health service for young people aged 15-25.
Phone: 1800 888 320 or online at Moderated Online Social Therapy platform.

PANDA
Support for individuals and families to recover from perinatal anxiety and depression. Call PANDA’s National Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline below.
Phone: 1300 726 306 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 7.30pm)

ReachOut
A mental health organisation for young people are their parents.

SANE Australia
Support, resources and advocacy for people affected by complex mental health issues.
Phone: 1800 187 263

Smiling Mind
Smiling Mind’s digital care packs provide tools and resources for parents, carers and teachers to support positive mental health for the children in their care.

TANDEM carers
Represents organisations and individuals who care for people living with mental illness.
Phone: 1800 314 325

Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC)
Provides telephone and advocacy services for people with a lived experience of mental health problems or emotional distress. Run by consumers for consumers.
Phone: (03) 9380 3900

YMCA
Virtual Y offers free access to exclusive fitness videos, nutritious recipes, wellbeing advice, family activities and their Youth Hub.
Phone: (03) 9403 5000

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