OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Information for OCC participants and families

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Announcements

The latest announcements and updates on our services

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COVID Vaccine Rollout

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

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Exposure Site Update

Find an up to date list of COVID-19 case locations and outbreaks here.

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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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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

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OC Connections providing essential support during Victoria’s 5-day snap lockdown

The 5-day snap lockdown instituted by the Victorian Government will take effect from 11:59pm tonight, Thursday 15 July until 11:59pm Tuesday 20 July, 2021. In response to this directive, and like the previous snap lockdowns OC Connections will follow all requirements, resulting in the closedown of OCCE, Day Support hubs, Short Term Accommodation (respite) and […]

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OCC COVID Safe Operations

In response to the Chief Health Officers Care Facilities Directions, OCC’s COVIDsafe operations includes the following: The updated Fact Sheet for Community Services – Care Facilities Direction, dated 2 July, reflects the changes already communicated on 24 June and again in the updated (1 July) Chief Health Officers Care Facilities Directions. Therefore there is no […]

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COVID-19 vaccines for people with disability

People with disability and disability workers are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. With Some people with disability at greater risk of becoming very sick if they catch COVID-19, getting vaccinated is very important. OC Connections strongly encourages all employees, participants and their families to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine. People with disability who are eligible […]

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COVID vacCINE ROLLOUT

As the Australian Government continue to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine across the nation, it is important for people to stay informed about relevant issues including when the vaccine will be available, who is eligible in each phase of the rollout, the safety of the vaccine, consent and who can give consent.

Now, more than ever, it is evident that this virus isn’t going away anytime soon and vaccines are the only way we can get back to any kind of normal. It is important for people who are able to recieve the vaccine to do so.

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR THE COVID-19 VACCINE?

The Victorian Government are currently vaccinating people in Phase 1a and 1b. States and territories have also begun vaccinating people in Phase 2a in May, starting with adults 50 years and over.

The Victorian Government announced on Thursday 27 May that they will commence vaccinating people aged 40 years and over. Read the Premiers Statement on the Vaccine Rollout to Victorians 40 and over.

To see if you are eligible as part of these rollout phases, please check the Government’s Eligibility Checker.

WHERE TO GET YOUR VACCINATION? 

You can find out where you can get your vaccination from the list of Vaccination centres.  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. 

THE COVID HOTLINE – 1800 675 398

You can book your vaccine appointment through the COVID Hotline or via the Eligibility Checker   

THE COVID HELPLINE – 1800 020 080

For information about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines or help with the COVIDSafe app. The COVID Helpline is not for booking vaccine appointments.

INFORMATION ON ASTRAZENECA VACCINE

Please read the official information from the Victorian Government in response to new safety concerns regarding the AstraZeneca Vaccine.

About COVID-19 vaccines

General Information on the COVID-19 Vaccines

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

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

THE INFLUENZA VACCINE & COVID

Yearly influenza vaccination is recommended for people aged 6 months and over.

You can find out more about the Influenza Vaccine in Australia here

The preferred minimum interval between a dose of the Influenza vaccine and a dose of the COVID vaccine is 14 days.

Read the ATAGI advice on the Influenza Vaccine and COVID- Vaccines here

COVID-19 exposure site update

Please see a comprehensive and up to date list of case locations and outbreaks.

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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