The COVID-19 Health Professionals Disability Advisory Service
Health professionals can call the service on 1800 131 330 between 7am-11pm (AEST) 7 days a week
The COVID-19 Health Professionals Disability Advisory Service is a telephone advisory service established by the Commonwealth Department of Health to provide specialised advice for health professionals involved in the care of people with disability diagnosed with COVID-19 or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. As you are aware, some people with disability may become very anxious in these situations and require reasonable adjustments to their healthcare to ensure they receive, either COVID-19 testing or treatment, with minimum distress. Specific support may be required to address communication and management issues, such as behaviours of concern and the reduction of risk to the patient and staff involved in the process.
Calls to the Advisory Service will be answered by health professionals with disability service qualifications and experience working with people with disability. The helpline will be available for a six week trial, at which point it will be assessed on based on utilisation and future need. Healthdirect Australia has been engaged to manage the helpline on behalf of the Commonwealth Department of Health.
I appreciate your support in communicating the availability of this national service through your networks. The committee is hoping to get this out across the services and would appreciate your help.
Advisory Committee on Health Emergency Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
for People with Disability: Key Outcomes
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The COVID-19 Planning Resource for People with Disability has been finalised and published on Collaboration 4 Inclusion’s website.
COVID-plan for people with disabilities
Easy Read resources on COVID from Council of Intellectual Disability: 3 fact sheets
A collection of resources at IDEAS
IASSIDD – International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Department of Health: up to date information and resources
For kids: What is corona virus?
Another useful publication: State of the World’s Nursing Report 2020
As the global COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we have put together accurate and practical links to information about COVID-19 relating to your health and wellbeing and your practice in the area of developmental/intellectual disability.
These resources will be updated on a regular basis, so please check back here often to see what’s new and helpful for you, your colleagues, your family or friends.