NEW – Vaccinations for aged care and disability care workers

Aged care and disability care workers who have not been vaccinated can now also register online here to receive priority access to the Pfizer vaccine at one of Queensland Health’s vaccination locations. There is a push by Queensland Health this weekend to get workers vaccinated – if you are planning to turn up to a hospital or hub site, make sure you identify yourself as a disability worker and ask for Pfizer. If you have work ID or a Yellow Card this will be useful to identify yourself as a worker.

If you have any issues with the link above you can also try this one here.

e-blast: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Public Health Directions 6 January 2021

General COVID-19 Health Directions

Over the last few weeks, there have been several changes to Queensland’s COVID-19 health directions and border controls. You can view current health directives here.

Key Facts:

  1. If you’re feeling sick get tested today and stay home and isolate until you get the results and your symptoms resolve. You can find your closest testing centre here.
  2. If you’ve been in Victoria on or since 21 December get tested right away and isolate until you get the results.
  3. Effective from 1:00am Monday 21 December all of Greater Sydney, plus the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and the Central Coast, was declared a hotspot. Non-Queensland Residents seeking to enter from those regions will be unable to enter without a permitted exemption and if granted will be required to undertake hotel quarantine.
  4. Queensland residents returning to the state from Greater Sydney and surrounds after 1:00am Tuesday 22 December are required to quarantine in a hotel.

Disability Accommodation Services Health Direction

The Queensland Public Health Direction – Disability Accommodation Services (No. 7) has been in place since 1:00am on 19 December 2020 and is available to view on the Queensland Health website.

The direction applies to shared disability accommodation services with four or more residents with disability in Queensland.

Key Facts:

  1. The direction requires disability accommodation services to ensure:
    • A person does not enter a disability accommodation service if the person has:
      • returned from overseas in the last 14 days, or
      • visited a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days, or since the start date identified for the COVID-19 hotspot, whichever is shorter, or
      • had known contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or
      • a fever (37.5 degrees or higher), or
      • symptoms consistent with COVID-19, which means fever or history of fever, symptoms of acute respiratory infection (cough, shortness of breath, sore throat), loss of smell, loss of taste, runny nose, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting or fatigue, or
      • been tested for COVID-19 and they have not received their test result
    • Stronger physical distancing and hygiene measures are in place, including providing hand sanitiser and Personal Protective Equipment to staff and increased cleaning procedures.
    • Employees, contractors, students, volunteers and support persons who have been in Victoria on or after 21 December 2020 may only enter a disability accommodation service facility if the individual obtains a negative COVID-19 test in Queensland after returning from Victoria. The person may be requested to provide evidence of the negative COVID-19 test when entering the facility.
  2. Importantly for Queenslanders with disability living in shared disability accommodation services this direction:
    • Does not limit residents from leaving the service
    • Does not limit residents’ ability to access any areas of the service to which they normally have access
  3. The Australian Human Rights Commission (PDF) has produced guidelines on the rights of people with disability in health and disability care during COVID-19 to ensure human rights considerations inform decisions by workers when supporting people with disability.

The Queensland Government has developed a fact sheet on the direction, which you can view here

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Public Health Directions December 2020

There has been an increase in the number of Coronavirus COVID-19 cases in New South Wales.

In response to this, the Queensland Government has made changes to the Queensland Public Health Directions.

These changes mean that from 1am on 19 December Border Restrictions are now in place in Queensland.

The Queensland border is now closed to anyone who has been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared.

This also means that a person who has been in a hotspot in the last 14 days, must not enter a shared disability accommodation service in Queensland.

The Queensland Government has declared the following areas in Greater Sydney, New South Wales, a hot spot:

LGAs declared hotspots in New South Wales:

  • Bayside
  • Blacktown
  • Blue Mountains
  • Burwood
  • Camden
  • Campbelltown
  • Canada Bay
  • Canterbury-Bankstown
  • Central Coast
  • City of Sydney
  • Cumberland
  • Fairfield
  • Georges River
  • Hawkesbury
  • Hornsby
  • Hunter’s Hill
  • Inner West
  • Ku-ring-gai
  • Lane Cove
  • Liverpool
  • Mosman
  • North Sydney
  • Northern Beaches
  • Parramatta
  • Penrith
  • Randwick
  • Ryde
  • Strathfield
  • Sutherland
  • The Hills
  • Waverley
  • Willoughby
  • Wollondilly
  • Wollongong
  • Woollahra
  • Sydney Harbour (unincorporated)

You must not enter or remain on the premises of a shared disability accommodation service if:

  • In the last 14 days, you have returned from overseas travel.
  • In the last 14 days, you have visited a COVID-19 hotspot.
  • In the last 14 days you have had been in contact with a person who has a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • You have a temperature equal to or higher than 37.5 degrees or symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  • You have been tested for COVID-19 and have not yet received the results of that test.

If you have NOT been in a hotspot in the last 14 days you may still enter shared disability accommodation, but you must do the following:

  • Keep a physical distance from other people in the shared accommodation service.
  • Take steps to keep yourself safe for e.g. use hand sanitiser and/or wear a mask.
  • Provide the service with your correct contact information for contact tracing.

If you need to enter shared disability accommodation for an end of life visit and you have recently visited a COVI-19 hotspot, have been in contact with someone that has COVID-19, have tested positive to COVID-19 or are waiting on a COVID-19 test, you must apply to be granted an exemption by the Chief Health Officer, Deputy Chief Health Officer or delegate for an end of life visit under the Public Health Direction.

If you are a shared disability accommodation service provider, you can find full details of the changes to the health directions by clicking here.

To keep up to date with Public Health Directions as they change and are updated via Queensland Health website click here.

Anyone can call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) for health advice or information or you can visit the QLD Government health and wellbeing COVID-19 website

If you have serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, immediately call 000 and ask for an ambulance.

If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

To read about COVID-19 symptoms compared to cold or flu symptoms visit Queensland Health’s website

e-Blast: Virtual Forum Series for people with disability: COVID Conversations #2

Getting the healthcare you need during COVID-19: Being prepared and knowing your rights

Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN), in partnership with Health Consumers Queensland (HCQ), is holding a series of 3 COVID Conversations for people with disability and their supporters.

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e-Blast: Chief Health Officer Directive 22 August 2020 – Effective from 8am Saturday 22 August 2020

The Chief Health Officer has issued a new directive for areas of South East Queensland. This new directive is in response to the new cases of COVID-19 that have been confirmed today. Unfortunately, one of the cases that has been confirmed has link to disability service.

It is important for QDN members and our supporters to be aware of for the general public and there is also specific directions for people living in shared disability accommodation services.

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e-Blast: QDN Office re-opening 6 July 

Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to getting back to some face-to-face connection with members. Though we’ve enjoyed our telephone and video chats with you all, we are delighted to let you know that from Monday 6 July 2020 QDN will be re-opening our office in Brisbane, during our normal opening hours of

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My Health Record  – make your decision by 15 November 

This year, the Commonwealth Government will create a My Health Record for you unless you opt out. QDN has developed an easy English booklet, based on Health Consumers Queensland (HCQ) information, to help you think through the things you need to weigh up so you can make the right decision.

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My Health Record update

As you will have read in the July e-Bulletin, the Australian Government announced in 2017 the creation of a My Health Record for every Australian by the end of 2018. This means that by the end of 2018, a My Health Record will be created for every Australian unless they choose not to have one.   If you decide you don’t want a record, you can tell the Government during a four-month period from 16 July to 15 November 2018. 

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