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These resources include documents endorsed by DHHS, and others which have been developed by disability services and are being shared with the sector for adaption and use.

Immediate Response

First 24 hours: Steps to take in response to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis

Note: This document has been developed by SCOPE Australia and reviewed by DHHS, and is being made available for use and adaption by service providers. NDS wishes to acknowledge and thank SCOPE for making this publicly available.

Information and links are accurate as at 12 August 2020. Providers are encouraged to regularly review DHHS updates.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks in disability services - Immediate Action Steps

Developed by DHHS, this plan is designed to enable disability service providers to continue essential services to people with disability. This advice gives guidance on how the disability sector can operate and prioritise their efforts in this current stage of the coronavirus (COVID-19) response.

Download Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks in disability services - Immediate Action Steps (Word) 

Planning

COVID-19 Outbreak Management Self-Assessment tool

A COVID-19 self-assessment tool has been developed by DHHS for disability residential services providers to review their preparations for instantly responding to a COVID-19 outbreak.

Download COVID-19 Outbreak Management Preparedness Self-Assessment Tool for Disability Residential Services Part 1 (Word)

Download COVID-19 Outbreak Management Preparedness Self-Assessment Tool for Disability Residential Services Part 2 (Word)

It is recommended that providers use the tool at each of their sites as soon as practicable.

Detailed guidance for the management of COVID-19 outbreaks is also available via the Australian Government Department of Health.

Badges for Victorians who are unable to wear face masks

Every person living in Victoria must wear a face covering when they leave home. However, the DHHS has listed a number of Lawful excuses or exceptions for not wearing a face covering in public.
 
The DHHS has created badges that can be printed or displayed on a Smartphone for anyone who is exempt and has a valid reason for not wearing a face mask. These badges highlight that a person is exempt from wearing a mask, or requests that another person remove their mask so they can understand each other better. It is a person’s choice to use the badges.

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