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COVID-19 Response

At Momentum Collective we take the health and wellbeing of our clients and staff seriously.

In response to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) we have developed and are implementing our Pandemic Response Plan.

We are also providing regular updates to our teams across all of our services so that they are aware of the latest health advice on how to best protect themselves and assist our clients at this time. The information in these updates is based on the latest advice from the Australian Department of Health who maintain a dedicated COVID-19 website.

The Australian Government Department of Health has comprehensive information and advice on COVID-19 and we strongly recommend this as a reliable and up to date source for you to refer to.

Other reliable websites for updates on COVID-19 across NSW and Queensland include:

Recent Announcements:

PLEASE NOTE UPDATE TO COVID ADVICE FROM 1 JULY 2021

Dear Momentum Team, clients, families and carers,

We want to inform you that the COVID-19 situation in NSW and Queensland has progressed. Momentum Collective continues to operate our services and programs during this time and we are following relevant health guidelines and advice.

Momentum Collective’s Crisis Management Team (CMT) is actively monitoring the situation and we’ll continue to provide regular updates on this website.

NSW restrictions

There is a Greater Sydney lock down now in place, this also includes the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong. This two-week lockdown will remain in place until Friday 9 July 2021. Regional areas, which are not in lock down, do have restrictions in place.

For information on the restrictions in NSW please refer to the NSW Health website https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/what-you-can-do-nsw

QLD restrictions

There are new restrictions in place, from 6pm AEST 29 June 2021 to 6pm 2 July 2021, in areas in South East Queensland, Townsville (including Magnetic Island) and Palm Island. Locations impacted by these restrictions include:

  • City of Brisbane
  • City of Gold Coast
  • City of Ipswich
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City
  • Moreton Bay Region
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • Redland City
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council
  • Townsville City Council (including Magnetic Island)
  • Palm Island Aboriginal Shire

For information on the current restrictions in QLD please refer to the QLD Health website https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19

Reminders

We want to provide a reminder of some of the key issues relevant to Momentum teams, clients, families and carers:

  • Masks are to be worn in all Momentum Collective workplaces and in all activities in the community with our clients in line with current Qld and NSW health advice (please advise your manager if you have a valid exemption from a health practitioner)
  • Sign in is required at all Momentum sites (either by QR code where available or manually)
  • Everyone is reminded to maintain good hand hygiene and physical distancing rules of 1.5 metres
  • There are no visitors to our residential disability services during the lockdown periods in NSW and QLD (exceptions can be made on medical or compassionate grounds with the approval of a Momentum Service Director)
  • QLD and NSW residents are required to access relevant border declarations or passes for cross border travel according to relevant state travel guidelines (Qld border pass is available here https://www.qld.gov.au/border-pass and NSW declaration is available here https://apply.service.nsw.gov.au/nsw-entry-qld-declaration)
  • If you have any questions please talk to the manager of your Momentum Collective service or program

1: COVID19 Vaccination Rollout Update

The Federal Government has indicated that vaccinations for clients and employees eligible under phase 1a of the COVID-19 vaccination program are likely to be available over the next two weeks. No dates have been officially confirmed and we may be given as little as two days’ notice before the vaccination team arrive on site, so we need to be prepared in advance.

Phase 1a of the vaccination program includes;

  • a person with disability living in residential accommodation (with two or more people with disability).
  • a paid worker providing support to people living in residential accommodation with two or more people with disability.

The vaccinations are voluntary for both clients and employees. If a client requests that their support worker/s be vaccinated we will consider all requests on a case by case basis.

The Momentum clients (and their families) and employees eligible under phase 1a of the vaccination program will receive letters from their CSM’s over the next few days providing them with key information to support them to make an informed decision about receiving the  vaccination, including a consent form.

If you or your client do not receive a letter for phase 1a this means you or your client will be eligible under another phase of the vaccination program at a later date. No dates have been confirmed by the Federal Government at this stage for future vaccination phases but we will let you know as soon as we receive any additional information.

If you would like to prepare yourself to make a choice about receiving the vaccination you can talk to your doctor and read the resources available below and on the Department of Health site.

The Australian Government has advised that due to concerns related to the AstraZeneca vaccine for younger people, the Pfizer vaccine will now be available for people with disability, carers and workers aged between 18 and 50 years old, including people eligible under phase 1a and phase 1b of the vaccine rollout. This will have an impact on the pace at which vaccinations can be scheduled by the health authorities.

Click here to view information about accessing the vaccination under Phase 1b through your GP.

A range of information has been published on the Department of Health websites, please keep up to date with this information:

  • The Department of Health has published a dedicated web page for people with disability. This page will be regularly updated as more details are confirmed.
    The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has developed a collection of resources to help health professionals, providers and people receiving the vaccination in providing informed consent.
  • Information about the roll-out is currently being developed into accessible formats such as Easy Read and Auslan and will be made available as soon as possible. Other stakeholder resources such as posters and social media content is also being developed.
  • For the latest news, key facts and answers to questions, refer to – https://www.health.gov.au/
  • Click here to see frequently asked questions collated by the Department of Health.

As more information becomes available we will ensure you are provided with updates to allow you to support your clients and teams.

2: Current Advice:

Please refer to the New South Wales Government Advice to residential disability care facilities and Advice to home care service providers for current advice.

The key points are:

Employees:

  • Minimise staff working across multiple settings
  • Record details of organised excursions by clients for contact tracing purposes
  • Risk assessments and screening of new and returning residents from hospital are to be undertaken

Screening:

  • Restrictions on staff and visitor entry currently apply to in-home support providers and residential disability settings in some areas of NSW.
  • Refrain from visiting one of our sites if you have active COVID-19, been in contact with a confirmed case, visited a hotspot, have symptoms.
  • Your temperature will be taken and registration is required at the point of entry
  • Restrict access for people who have been to Auckland, New Zealand in the last 14 days
Do you have a disability? Have things changed for you because of coronavirus (COVID-19)? Call the Disability Information Helpline on 1800 643 787The Helpline is available Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm (AEDT), excluding national public holidays.

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