COVID-19

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS REGARDING COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)

Updated 27/03/2020

 

Njernda Aboriginal Corporation is committed to the health and wellbeing of our clients and the community in general and due to the unprecedented health event currently affecting us all, we are following the advice from VACCHO and the State and Federal Governments.
As such we have had to cancel ALL of our group events and activities as well as implement stricter procedures at our Medical Clinic.

These steps have been taken to help lesson the spread of the Coronavirus to protect our clients, staff and community members.

 


Clinic Visits
 
If you have ANY of these symptoms:

  • fever
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath

AND

  • have travelled internationally in the 14 days before getting sick

OR

  • had contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected of having coronavirus in the 14 days before getting sick

 
Please DO NOT VISIT Njernda Medical Clinic
 
Contact our receptionists on 5480 6252 (option #1)
You will be asked some questions and provided information on what to do next.
This will help protect the health and safety of you and others.
 
If you suspect you have COVID-19 (Coronavirus) please call the 24/7 dedicated hotline 1800 675 398
Keep triple zero (000) for emergencies only.
 
Njernda's Response to COVID-19 - A letter from the CEO Njernda’s Response to COVID-19 – A letter from the CEO

 


Telephone and Video Consultations
 
Current guidelines allow for Njernda Medical Clinic to offer telephone consultations and/or video conference consultations if appropriate to your health needs, and if you meet the vulnerable/isolated patients criteria below.
 
Vulnerable/isolated patients are those where at least one of the following apply:
(a) the person has been diagnosed with COVID-19 virus but who is not a patient of a hospital; or
(b) the person has been required to isolate themselves in quarantine in accordance with home isolation guidance issued by Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC); or
(c) the person is considered more susceptible to the COVID-19 virus being a person who is:
(i) at least 70 years old; or
(ii) at least 50 years old and is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; or
(iii) is pregnant; or
(iv) is a parent of a child under 12 months; or
(v) is already under treatment for chronic health conditions or is immune compromised; or
(d) the person meets the current national triage protocol criteria for suspected COVID-19 infection.

If you meet one of these criteria, please telephone the medical clinic and advise staff that you want to make a telephone or video consultation. We are implementing DirectHealth for private doctor-patient video consultations. Please visit our Video Appointments page for details.

 


Cancelled Events

  • Koori Arts and Crafts Market – Easter Saturday 11 April 2020
  • Reconciliation Walk – Wednesday 27 May 2020
  • All sports events and training have been suspended until further notice
  • Berrimba Child Care will remain closed until further notice
  • Berrimba School Holiday Program

 


Emergency Relief Packages
 
These are available for vulnerable Victorians needing to self-quarantine due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

The program supports people in mandatory self-isolation, who have little or no food, and no network of family and friends to support them. Each eligible household will receive a two-week supply of essential goods.

Food packages will include items such as long-life milk, pasta, cereal, canned vegetables and sugar. Personal care packages will also be distributed to eligible households and include soap, toothpaste and deodorant. Additional items may also be provided depending on the needs of the household, such as nappies or baby formula.

The packages will be delivered door-to-door, with other distribution points to be established as required.

It will start from Monday 23 March and can be accessed by calling Victoria’s dedicated coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398. The hotline can also refer people to other support services if needed.

The hotline staff are working as fast as they can, so please be patient.

For people who are not eligible for the emergency relief packages, they are encouraged to be self-reliant and call on the help of family and friends wherever possible during the current pandemic.

For more information about the packages, please see https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/emergency-relief-packages-for-victorians-who-need-it-most/

 


Resources

 


Please check back here periodically for updated information