COVID-19 Emergency Volunteering
Volunteering WA have launched a new emergency volunteering website calling on people to assist in delivering essential services during this time.
Local governments and any other volunteer involving organisation are encouraged to contact Volunteering WA here if they require volunteers.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert
The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic. Find out how you can help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia, and what to do if you have symptoms.
To help stop the spread of the virus, you should:
If you have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call 000 for urgent medical help. COVID-19 symptoms include:
If you are sick and think you might have COVID-19, check your symptoms using healthdirect's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom Checker: Coronavirus (COVID-19) ONLINE Symptom Checker.
The Australian Tax Office will administer Federal measures to help the economy and community withstand and manage the COVID-19 impact. To find out more, click here.
New Intrastate Travel Restrictions Come into Place Midnight Tuesday, 31 March
From midnight Tuesday night (12am Wednesday morning), restrictions will be placed on travel within the entire State of Western Australia. Western Australian intrastate travel is defined as movement through the boundaries of the regions of Western Australia.
These regions are:
Western Australians will not be permitted to leave their regional boundary. Police have the power to enforce these restrictions and fines of up to $50,000 can be issued.
Exemptions will apply for:
Access to designated regions including the Kimberley, including the entire Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku, parts of the Shire of East Pilbara (that encompass the communities of Jigalong, Martu homeland communities and Kiwirrkurra) have additional stronger restrictions in place.
This is to help curb the spread of COVID-19 into our very vulnerable communities, which could have catastrophic consequences. Further details on how the restrictions will operate and application process for exemptions will be provided before the restrictions come into force.
The Mid West is made up of 17 local government authorities:
LIFE IN MIND AUSTRALIA The COVID-19 outbreak may generate a range of impacts on community and individual mental health and wellbeing. This may include preoccupation with specific details related to COVID-19 in addition to increased anxiety, stress or worry within individual families and communities.
The impact of COVID-19 on mental health and wellbeing may also extend to those who experience quarantine or self-isolation. To support the community during this period the Life in Mind team at Everymind has worked with the suicide prevention and mental health sectors, and in collaboration with the National Mental Health Commission to provide a comprehensive list of resources to support those affected.
NORTH MIDLANDS PROJECT
In response to the changing dynamics of the community, the North Midlands Project has launched a Creative @ Home program for people to Act-Belong-Commit while they're in home isolation. The resources encourage people to stay mentally active and connected with others while having fun, getting creative and learning new things.
The rationale behind the program is the heavy impact that quarantine and home isolation can have on mental health. For more on this, see https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30460-8/fulltext#
We are delighted to announce Famous Sharron as the Act-Belong-Commit Creative @ Home GLAMbassador for the program. GLAMbassador is a play on words - glam being short for glamorous but also the acronym for creative and cultural institutions (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums).
Phase one of the program is now live at www.northmidlands.org.au/creative-at-home
Other useful links
National Coronavirus Helpline (1800 020 080) for advice.