COVID-19

Vaccination Information for Participants, Parents and Carers

Check out our latest Participant newsletter which tackles the COVID-19 vaccination. Read it here.

Top 3 COVID-19 vaccine questions – COVID-19 vaccines and aged care, symptoms after vaccine, and mixing vaccines

Dr Lucas de Toca, COVID-19 Primary Care Response First Assistant Secretary, answers the Top 3 questions being asked on government social accounts here.

7-Day Circuit Breaker Lockdown

Victoria will enter a 7-day lockdown as of 11:59 pm, Thursday 27 May. Latrobe Lifeskills will remain open during this time. Off-campus activities will be replaced with on-campus alternatives. Lifeskills Partcipants and staff are required to wear a mask at all times.

For more information, head to the Victorian Coronavirus website: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covidsafe-settings

Information for People with Disability about COVID-19 Vaccines

Information about COVID-19 vaccines for people with disability can be found here: Information for people with disability about COVID-19 vaccines | Australian Government Department of Health

Case Alerts – public exposure sites

Make sure you regularly check the case alerts website, which lists locations where you may have been exposed to COVID19.

Please ensure you follow government advice and regulations if you have been to a confirmed exposure site. Follow this link here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker

Use this link to check whether you’re eligible for the COVID19 vaccine. The checker is available in a number of languages. You can access it here.

2020 Updates

“Now is the time to open”

On Monday 26 October 2020, we in Victoria received the welcome news that over the coming days and weeks, businesses will begin opening across metro Melbourne.

It is important that we all stay informed and stay safe, so please make sure you check out this page for the latest COVID-19 information in a variety of languages.

If you are a current Lifeskills Participant and would like any of the resources posted to you, please get in touch with the Lifeskills office so we can arrange this.

The Victorian Government has also released a Home Safety Plan for all Victorians to use, you can find this here.

For more information, including details of the Disability Information Hotline, head to this page.

Stage 4 Restrictions in Bundoora and Reintroduction of Stage 3 Restrictions in Bendigo

Both Lifeskills Bundoora and Bendigo remain open until further notice. We will endeavour to inform all families once we have received information from the state government regarding which businesses will be required to close in metropolitan Melbourne.

Participants and staff in Bendigo are now required to wear masks while at Lifeskills.

You can read more about wearing masks below:

coronavirus-wearing-mask-easy-read

New Restrictions for Hot Zones

Ten postcodes have been identified for the reinstatement of Stage 3 restrictions. You can find the list here.

Most crucially for Lifeskills Participants, residents in these areas are still permitted to travel for work and education.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information pack for NDIS Participants

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission has released a COVID-9 Information Pack for Participants. You can download your copy here: COVID-19 Information Pack for Participants

Translated resources – coronavirus (COVID-19)

An initiative of DHHS:

COVID-19 translated information for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, health professionals and industry. Information includes factsheets and promotional materials.

You can find the material here: Translated resources

Current Restrictions (Stage 3)

Stage 3 Restrictions are now in place for all Victorians. For Lifeskills, this means making some changes to the way we support Participants so that we can continue to run vital services while keeping all Participants and staff safe.

Details of the Stage 3 Restrictions can be found here: Victorian Government website

A key feature of stage 3 includes the gathering of no more than 2 people – exceptions are made for work, households and education.

What do Stage 3 Restrictions mean for Lifeskills? 

As an essential service, Lifeskills is permitted to continue running activities. We are currently running a modified timetable in rooms with access exclusive only to Lifeskills. Groups are small in number to ensure sufficient space is provided.

All off-campus activities have been suspended until there is a change in restrictions.

We have created some resources for Participants and their families to use. It’s critical that Lifeskills, the Participants we support and all staff follow the Stage 3 restrictions to ensure everyone’s safety. We hope these resources provide a guide to Participants and reassure families and carers that we are doing everything within our control to provide high quality support during this time.

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission have created a number of resources for Participants also. You can read a document regarding what you can expect from providers such as Lifeskills here: NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

Every Australian Counts has put together a range of resources including information in languages other than English and documents from the Australian Government, Department of Health and more. You can access those resources here: Every Australian Counts

NDIS Commissions Frequently Asked Questions

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission has released a frequently asked questions page for Participants, families and carers. You can view the page here: NDIS FAQ

Easy-Read Government Documents:

COVID-19 Update from NDIS:

Top 3 COVID-19 vaccine questions – COVID-19 vaccines and aged care, symptoms after vaccine, and mixing vaccines

Dr Lucas de Toca, COVID-19 Primary Care Response First Assistant Secretary, answers the Top 3 questions you’ve been asking on our social accounts here.

7-Day Circuit Breaker Lockdown

Victoria will enter a 7-day lockdown as of 11:59 pm, Thursday 27 May. Latrobe Lifeskills will remain open during this time. Off-campus activities will be replaced with on-campus alternatives. Lifeskills Partcipants and staff are required to wear a mask at all times.

For more information, head to the Victorian Coronavirus website: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covidsafe-settings

Information for People with Disability about COVID-19 Vaccines

Information about COVID-19 vaccines for people with disability can be found here: Information for people with disability about COVID-19 vaccines | Australian Government Department of Health

Case Alerts – public exposure sites

Make sure you regularly check the case alerts website, which lists locations where you may have been exposed to COVID19.

Please ensure you follow government advice and regulations if you have been to a confirmed exposure site. Follow this link here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker

Use this link to check whether you’re eligible for the COVID19 vaccine. The checker is available in a number of languages. You can access it here.

2020 Updates

“Now is the time to open”

On Monday 26 October 2020, we in Victoria received the welcome news that over the coming days and weeks, businesses will begin opening across metro Melbourne.

It is important that we all stay informed and stay safe, so please make sure you check out this page for the latest COVID-19 information in a variety of languages.

If you are a current Lifeskills Participant and would like any of the resources posted to you, please get in touch with the Lifeskills office so we can arrange this.

The Victorian Government has also released a Home Safety Plan for all Victorians to use, you can find this here.

For more information, including details of the Disability Information Hotline, head to this page.

Stage 4 Restrictions in Bundoora and Reintroduction of Stage 3 Restrictions in Bendigo

Both Lifeskills Bundoora and Bendigo remain open until further notice. We will endeavour to inform all families once we have received information from the state government regarding which businesses will be required to close in metropolitan Melbourne.

Participants and staff in Bendigo are now required to wear masks while at Lifeskills.

You can read more about wearing masks below:

coronavirus-wearing-mask-easy-read

New Restrictions for Hot Zones

Ten postcodes have been identified for the reinstatement of Stage 3 restrictions. You can find the list here.

Most crucially for Lifeskills Participants, residents in these areas are still permitted to travel for work and education.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information pack for NDIS Participants

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission has released a COVID-9 Information Pack for Participants. You can download your copy here: COVID-19 Information Pack for Participants

Translated resources – coronavirus (COVID-19)

An initiative of DHHS:

COVID-19 translated information for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, health professionals and industry. Information includes factsheets and promotional materials.

You can find the material here: Translated resources

Current Restrictions (Stage 3)

Stage 3 Restrictions are now in place for all Victorians. For Lifeskills, this means making some changes to the way we support Participants so that we can continue to run vital services while keeping all Participants and staff safe.

Details of the Stage 3 Restrictions can be found here: Victorian Government website

A key feature of stage 3 includes the gathering of no more than 2 people – exceptions are made for work, households and education.

What do Stage 3 Restrictions mean for Lifeskills? 

As an essential service, Lifeskills is permitted to continue running activities. We are currently running a modified timetable in rooms with access exclusive only to Lifeskills. Groups are small in number to ensure sufficient space is provided.

All off-campus activities have been suspended until there is a change in restrictions.

We have created some resources for Participants and their families to use. It’s critical that Lifeskills, the Participants we support and all staff follow the Stage 3 restrictions to ensure everyone’s safety. We hope these resources provide a guide to Participants and reassure families and carers that we are doing everything within our control to provide high quality support during this time.

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission have created a number of resources for Participants also. You can read a document regarding what you can expect from providers such as Lifeskills here: NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

Every Australian Counts has put together a range of resources including information in languages other than English and documents from the Australian Government, Department of Health and more. You can access those resources here: Every Australian Counts

NDIS Commissions Frequently Asked Questions

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission has released a frequently asked questions page for Participants, families and carers. You can view the page here: NDIS FAQ

Easy-Read Government Documents:

COVID-19 Update from NDIS: