Special Edition eNewsletter 29 April 2020
Message from the Chief Executive Officer, Marina Re
I am writing to you at a time which sees the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic easing across Australia and, in particular, Western Australia.
It is with some relief to us all, that our State Government is beginning to relax restrictions in a number of areas, albeit with a cautious approach.
Their announcement of the gatherings of up to 10 people now being allowed will be welcomed I am sure by all but, in particular, for the families and carers of the people living in our shared houses. I know this had been very challenging for them not to have the freedom to visit their loved ones.
At Identitywa, we are continuing to manage our services within this restricted environment, ensuring that we are doing all we can to prevent the spread of the virus. (Our 6 April eNewsletter included details of the initiatives we have introduced.)
We have been very pleased, and relieved, with the positive results of our extensive planning and the dedicated commitment of our workers to continue their high quality support of the people in our community.
Federal Government’s Support
We welcomed the announcement of the Federal Government’s expanded access to Telehealth services, which I know the people in our shared houses have definitely been accessing.
We also welcomed the news of the two $750 economic support payments. I am sure these payments will be a real bonus for individuals we support and their families.
COVID-19 preventative strategies encouraged for all Australians
We encourage all members of our community to assist the tracking of the coronavirus by downloading the Government’s voluntary COVID Safe App. For detailed questions and answers about this app, please click on this link COVIDSafe app FAQs.
You are probably aware of the request by the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, to have the Flu Vaccination in preparation for the upcoming influenza season.
It is a mandatory requirement that all Identitywa staff be immunised to be able to work for Identitywa. All our workers have access to free 2020 Quadrivalent Influenza (flu) vaccination. We urge everyone in our community to support this important national immunisation program.
Keeping active and engaged
Across all our services, our staff have been working hard to keep the people we support active and engaged during this challenging time. For example, using the latest communication technology, people living in our shared houses have been able to still connect with their family and friends. There has been lots of creative and fun activities on offer including gardening, cooking and good old fashioned arts and crafts.
We even recently had housemates in our shared homes and their support staff participate in a short video called ‘People hugging from a distance’. We thought it was delightful and wanted to share it with you. Click here to watch.