Coronavirus (also called COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered virus. The World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 was a pandemic in early 2020 and has since been rapidly spreading across the world. For many of us, COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down.
It has forced many of us to stay home, has forced people out of work and has halted travel between states and countries. There is also new information spreading about the virus on a daily basis. This can be overwhelming and confusing for many young people but having up to date information is important.
To help you, we have listed some reliable sources below where you can get useful and up to date information about coronavirus.
Australian Government COVID-19 website
The Australian Government COVID-19 website Is regularly updated to give you the latest Coronavirus news, updates and advice from government agencies across Australia. Visit the Australian Government COVID-19 website.
The Australian Government has recently released the COVIDSafe app. This app aims to quickly alert people if they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). You can find more information about the app and decide whether to download it on the Australian Government COVID-19 website.
Disability Information Helpline
The Australian government has set up a helpline for people with disability to get information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and supports. The Helpline is available Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm (AEST) and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 7pm (AEST).
To contact the helpline you can call 1800 643 787 or use the National Relay Service. For more information go to the Ideas website.
IDEAS is an organisation run by and for people with disability that is committed to providing relevant and up to date information about coronavirus. IDEAS has created a central page for Coronavirus information on its website and also updates its blog regularly with news and information related to COVID-19 developments in Australia.
National Disability Insurance Scheme
The National Disability Insurance scheme (NDIS) has made a range of changes in response to the changing needs of people with disability during the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can find the latest information about what the NDIS is doing to respond to COVID-19 on the NDIS website.
Women With Disabilities Australia
Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is working alongside other state and national Disability People’s Organisations (DPOs) to advocate for the rights and needs of people with disability during the COVID-19 pandemic and to raise the issues and experiences that have emerged for women and girls with disability with government and non-government agencies.
You can find papers and news updates about WWDA’s advocacy work in relation to COVID-19 on the WWDA website.
WWDA’s Our Site
WWDA has also provided information and resources to help individual women, girls and non-binary people with disability during the COVID-19 crisis on WWDA’s Our Site.