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Perth, Peel and South West region enters lockdown from 6pm, 31 January 2021

Following restrictions apply for the lockdown period:

  • People should not leave Perth, Peel or the South West during this period
  • People can enter Perth, Peel or the South West only to access or deliver essential health and emergency services and other essential requirements 
  • Non-residents currently in Perth, Peel and the South West are required to remain until the end of the restriction period however if you must leave for serious reasons you are to then return home immediately, stay home and get tested if symptoms develop
  • Restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars to provide takeaway service only
  • Elective surgery and procedures for categories 2 and 3 will be suspended from Tuesday, 2 February. Category 1 and urgent category 2 surgery will continue
  • No visitors will be allowed in homes unless caring for a vulnerable person or in an emergency
  • No visitors to hospitals or residential aged care and/or disability facilities
  • No weddings permitted 
  • Funerals are limited to 10 people
  • Travel remains prohibited within remote Aboriginal communities.

find out more: Lockdown information in other language

keeping mentally healthy during lockdown - a 5 day plan

Act, Belong, Commit has developed a 5 Day Lockdown plan to help a people get through the lockdown.

COVID-19 Useful Resources

Details around restrictions during the lockdown period, the list of venues and dates where the case has been, and instructions for the lockdown are available on the State Government’s COVID page about the lockdown.

If you are unsure whether your service or staff are considered an essential service or essential workers, the State Government has provided advice on who is classified as an essential worker.

If you are unsure whether your service or staff are considered an essential service or essential workers, the State Government has provided advice on who is classified as an essential worker.

Mask Update from the Department of Finance

In an update today from the Department, masks have and will continue to be made available to community service providers during the lockdown, to pass on to:

  • essential frontline workers (who will continue to deliver services over the next 5 days); and 
  • vulnerable members of our community. 

The Department of Finance is working to get masks to providers in the next 24 hours, some delays may be expected.

The Department of Communities and Mental Health Commission are coordinating the distribution of masks for community services organisations.

For Department of Communities service providers, if you require additional masks, please email incidentcontroller@communities.wa.gov.au and provide the following information:

  • Organisation name
  • Address for delivery
  • No of frontline staff working over the next 5 days
  • No of vulnerable individuals supported
  • Key contact
  • Mobile or best contact

Once your order is processed, the preferred option is for your organisation to pick up your completed order from Stewart & Heaton Clothing Company, 150 Francisco St, Belmont. However, if this is not possible, your order may be delivered to your organisation, please make it clear at time of order if you are unable to collect.

For MHC service providers, the MHC has initiated orders for all their providers in Perth and Peel based on guidance from the Department of Finance. Deliveries are being arranged by courier to service providers from today. If you have an immediate issue or for any enquiries at all, please contact NGOCommunitySupport@mhc.wa.gov.au

Service providers in the South West can collect masks from the following Department of Communities offices:

  • Bunbury – Communities Housing Office, 22 Forrest Avenue
  • Busselton – Communities Office, 88 Kent Street
  • Collie – Communities Child Protection Office, 68 Wittenoom Street
  • Manjimup – Communities Child Protection Office, Lot 432 South West Hwy

If you know someone who needs assistance – such as financial assistance, food hampers, emergency accommodation – Community services continue providing assistance to people seeking help, and this includes emergency relief providers. You can search for help using WAConnect emergency relief services directory.

From the Department of Finance Community Services Procurement Bulletin earlier today:

In March 2020, Department of Finance issued advice to government agencies and service providers that until 30 June 2021, service providers who remain in operation will not have payments withheld for failure to deliver services due to COVID-19.

All agencies and service providers should be advised that this advice remains in place in relation to the current COVID-19 lockdown. Service providers are urged to notify their contract manager as soon as they become aware of disruptions to service provision due to COVID-19. Contract managers can then record it as a Force Majeure event and work with the service provider to maintain continuity of critical services as much as is practicable.

The State Government recognises the unique pressure that service providers are likely to be placed under during the lockdown and appreciates the dedicated efforts of organisations to deliver critical services to the most vulnerable members of the WA community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

General advice has been provided by the State Government that if you are in an area subject to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, put your bushfire plan into action now and continue to follow precautions to minimise the spread of the virus. People are encouraged to do whatever they need to do to take care of the safety of them and the loved ones – whether this means evacuating to a centre, or staying with friends. Social distancing and mask wearing should continue. More information can be found on the Emergency WA website.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for health professionals, including aged care providers, pathology providers and healthcare managers

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alerts

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice to health and aged care sectors

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for older Australians

For aged care residents and families

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for residents of residential care services, family members and visitors

Aged Care – Aged Care Preparedness – (COVID-19) – Fact Sheet

Letter to Aged Care Providers from Chief Medical Officer

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak Guidelines in Residential Care Facilities

For aged care home care and community carers

In Home and Community Aged Care COVID-19 Preparedness Webinar

Aged Care – Aged Care Preparedness – (COVID-19) – Fact Sheet

COVID-19 National Health Plan – Primary Care Fact Sheet – Home Medicines Services to Support the Response to COVID-19

Accountabilities of governing bodies in aged care

click here to watch the webinar

Resources on health and Finances for  older adults

Disclaimer: Fortis can’t accept any responsibility for any advice real or otherwise contained in the articles and that it should be noted that these resources may not necessarily be relevant in Australia and are offered as background research only. 

 

Find the facts

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – frequently asked questions

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – what you need to know

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information on the use of surgical masks

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for hotel guests

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for close contacts of a confirmed case

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information about home isolation when unwell (suspected or confirmed cases)

Environmental cleaning and disinfection principles for COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for organising public gatherings

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for people with a suspected case

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information about returning to your community

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for drivers and passengers using public transport

National Health Line for COVID-19

Call the National Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

The phone number of each state or territory public health agency is available at www.health.gov.au/state-territory-contacts. If you have concerns about your health, speak to a doctor.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) isolation guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information about home isolation when unwell (suspected or confirmed cases)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information about returning to your community

For travellers who have been in mainland China, Iran, Republic of Korea and Italy

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for people with a suspected case

Four modules are available for completion as part of the Department of Health’s new eLearning program for Aged Care workers.

  • Module 1: Personal Safety
  • Module 2: Families and Visitors
    • Part A: Residential Care Facilities
    • Part B: In Home Care
  • Module 3: COVID-19 and Aged Care
  • Module 4: Outbreak Management

Click here to register and access the training modules. OR Department of Health – “How to protect yourself and the people you are caring for from infection with COVID-19 

World Health Organisation – Corona Virus (COVID-19) online training suite 

COVID-19 Altura Learning

ELDAC caring@home COVID packs are available in multiple languages and available to order. Click here to find out more about the toolkit please visit: https://www.eldac.com.au/tabid/5039/Default.aspx

Advanced Care Planning in 17 languages from Multicultural Communities Council of Illawara (PICAC NSW)

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