CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Update: 25 March 2021

 

Re: Covid-19 vaccinations, phase 1B

We have entered Phase 1B of the Australian Government Covid-19 vaccination rollout. This means that people over 18 with disability are now eligible to receive the Coronavirus vaccine. To do this:

  1. Go to the Department of Health Vaccine Eligibility Checker.

  2. Answer all the questions.

  3. Follow the steps to book your vaccination appointment. It might be difficult to book at the moment but rest easy - more vaccination clinics and hubs will become available in the coming days.

  4. Fill out the Consent form.

 

You will also need to obtain proof of your medical condition, including disability; from your GP, via specialist referral, your My Health record or using other relevant medical records.

Vaccinations are safe, effective and free. They are also voluntary.
At Beyond Abilities, we support the recommendation of the Government to get vaccinated if you are in a position to do so. We understand that some people may choose not to get the vaccine for personal or health reasons. Still, we believe the best way forward is to get informed and consider your options, so that when the time comes you can make the best possible choice for your health and the health of others.

We actively encourage our support staff to get vaccinated and will continue to do so. We are also putting together our Covid-19 Safety Plan that details our Clients' rights to receive support from support staff that either have been vaccinated or will commit to follow the required steps in the Plan.

You can access Covid-19 vaccination resources and guides, including information in other languages.

Update: 11 January 2021

 

Re: Changes to support delivery

In the interest of everyone’s health and safety, and in accordance with recent restrictions announced by NSW Health and Government relating to the COVID-19 outbreak, Beyond Abilities will be making some changes to the way supports will be delivered.

 

Beyond Abilities acknowledges the pressures that the pandemic has placed on our clients and families, and we want to provide support where possible while ensuring the wellbeing of all those involved. Moving forward small group and individualised face to face supports may still take place, however there will be restrictions around locations and activities as outlined below.

 

SAS Club

Face Masks are compulsory for duration of activity.

• Groups of no more than 4 people.

• Limited to outdoor activities or venues that are not crowded.

• No activities within current “hotspots”.

• Clients/staff must complete the Beyond Abilities COVID-19 Questionnaire prior to each activity. Beyond Abilities staff will call clients individually to complete.

 

1:1 support

Face Masks compulsory for duration of shift.

• Location accessed during supports will be assessed on a case-by-case basis taking into consideration the clients living situation and support network.

• No activities within current “hotspots”.

• Clients/staff must complete the Beyond Abilities COVID-19 Questionnaire prior to each instance of support.

Beyond the Broadband (BTB)

We will continue to offer Beyond the Broadband for those who prefer online supports during this time.

 

Please note, clients and staff who exhibit any of the below symptoms MUST NOT attend Beyond Abilities activities or receive 1:1 support:

• have a fever (37.5°C or higher) or any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection, even if mild. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, headache, fatigue, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath, and loss of taste or loss of smell. Other reported symptoms of COVID-19 include acute blocked nose (congestion), muscle pain, joint pain, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting and loss of appetite

• during the last 14 days have been:  a close contact of a person confirmed with COVID-19 and are within their self-isolation period / in any of the latest COVID-19 locations in NSW at the times and dates listed, except where noted otherwise / on any of the public transport routes at the times and dates listed.

Clients/staff who are exhibiting symptoms, are awaiting COVID-19 test results or have visited COVID-19 hotspots will be unable to return until a negative test result has been received.

 

If you would like to discuss face to face support options, please contact Kristie Findlater via 0451 488 308 or email kristief@beyondabilities.com.au

 

This advice is under continuing review to ensure that it addresses current risks.

General rules about when you need to wear a mask

 

Face masks are mandatory in the following indoor settings:

• shopping (retail, supermarkets and shopping centres)

• public/shared transport, indoor entertainment (including cinemas and theatres)

• places of worship

• hair and beauty premises.

Face masks will also be mandatory for all staff in hospitality venues, gaming areas in licensed premises (including casinos) and for patrons using gaming services.

 

Under the public health order, a "fitted face covering" means a mask or other covering that (a) fits securely around the face, and (b) is designed or made to be worn over the nose and mouth to provide the wearer with protection against infection.

 

A $200 on the spot fine will apply if you do not comply.

 

Children aged 12 and under 12 are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable.

 

To keep up to date with current COVID-19 alerts, please go to the NSW Health website

 

We will continue to keep you informed as we monitor the situation and encourage clients and family members to contact us at any time.

 

We appreciate your help in keeping our clients, staff members and community safe.

Update: 17 July 2020

 

Re: SAS Club Events

Beyond Abilities has been monitoring the current Covid 19 situation in NSW and in particular the areas and regions in which we deliver face to face supports. As there has now been a rise in cases again, Beyond Abilities has made the difficult decision to put the safety of our clients and our staff first and return to online supports.  
 

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you up to date regarding face to face supports. For more information or to book into our online Beyond the Broadband events. Check our the BTB page or contact our team on     0488 83 2253 or at info@beyondabilities.com.au

Update: 4 June 2020

 

Re: SAS Club Events

Beyond Abilities is closely monitoring the Covid 19 updates and as restrictions have begun lifting, we will be slowly recommencing our face to face events.  From the 19th June 2020, we will run our first SAS Club event.
 

For more information or to book into a SAS Club event. Check our the SAS Club page or contact our team on 0488 83 2253 or at info@beyondabilities.com.au

Update: 16 March 2020

 

Re: SAS Club Events

Today the Australian Government enforced a number of new restrictions to reduce and prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Part of these regulations included the cancellation of mass gatherings of more than 500 people as well as introducing Social Distancing.

The Australian Government Department of Health states: 

Social distancing is important because COVID-19 is most likely to spread from person-to-person through:

  • direct close contact with a person while they are infectious or in the 24 hours before their symptoms appeared

  • close contact with a person with a confirmed infection who coughs or sneezes, or

  • touching objects or surfaces (such as door handles or tables) contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth or face.

 

So, the more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread.

(Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) Factsheet - Australian Government) - 16th Mar 2020

After careful consideration of these new measures Beyond Abilities (BA) has made the decision to cancel or postpone a number of our SAS Club events. As all SAS Club events are run in small groups we will now still be running some of our events including the Friday Feeds and Level Up events.

 

Whilst these events will still be going ahead, there may be some changes to the activities and we will be implementing Social Distancing in all events for the foreseeable future.

 

If you have any questions about Beyond Abilities and Coronavirus, contact our team to discuss your concerns on 0488 83 2253 or at info@beyondabilities.com.au

Update: 12 March 2020

 

Re: Adventure World Travel Holidays

Overnight the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the rapidly spreading Coronavirus a pandemic. As a result, Beyond Abilities (BA) has made the decision to cancel or postpone a number of our holiday adventures. ALL international holidays have been cancelled until further notice.

 

Our domestic holidays are now currently under review and an update will be provided on our website regarding which holidays have been cancelled, postponed or are still going ahead.

If you have any questions about Beyond Abilities and Coronavirus, contact our team to discuss your concerns on 0488 83 2253 or at info@beyondabilities.com.au

Update: 10 March 2020

As our world faces the threat of the new Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) it is important to keep you up to date with the changes as they come to light. Beyond Abilities (BA) is taking the threat of the Coronavirus very seriously and proactively making plans to ensure we are able to deliver our usual care and services.

 

After reviewing the health advice given from the Australian Government and World Health Organisation (WHO), BA will remain open. All services and programs are being reviewed and the status of the programs or events will be regularly updated on our website.

The Novel Coronavirus is a serious respiratory illness that is caused by a new 

virus. Currently there is no vaccine or cure for the illness. The symptoms for

the virus include:

  • Fever

  • Shortness of breathe

  • Flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue

All BA staff have been reminded of the seriousness of this disease and are encouraged to exercise precaution and ensure their hygiene is at the highest level. They have also been asked to encouraged BA clients to also practice the high level of hygiene required to prevent and protect themselves against the spread of the Coronavirus.

 

These hygiene practices as advised by the Australian Government include:

  • covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue

  • disposing of tissues properly

  • washing your hands often with soap and water, including before and after 

eating and after going to the toilet

  • using alcohol-based hand sanitisers

  • cleaning and disinfecting surfaces

  • if you are sick, avoiding contact with others and staying more than 

1.5 metres away from people

  • cleaning and sanitising frequently used objects such as mobiles, keys and wallets

BA staff have also been asked to stay at home should they be experiencing any of the symptoms of Coronavirus. Any BA staff that are experiencing symptoms or who have travelled overseas are also required to self-isolate for 14 days and provide a medical clearance prior to returning to work.

If you have any questions about Beyond Abilities and Coronavirus, contact our team to discuss your concerns on 0488 83 2253 or at info@beyondabilities.com.au

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