Health & Wellbeing
COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAM and SUPPORTS
Autism Tasmania has worked with the Department of Health to develop QUIET CLINICS for vaccination.
COVID-19 vaccination clinics are now available for people who may require additional support through the vaccination process.
The clinics are for people living with disability and/or mental illness, their carers, disability support workers, and people who may have anxiety about medical procedures.
The clinics will be set up to allow more time and support to be given during the vaccination process including easy read resources, additional space and longer appointment times.
The clinics will be open from Tuesday 6 July until Friday 16 July. With Friday 16 July a dedicated ‘quiet clinic’. The clinic will also be in place to deliver dose 2 of the vaccine, which is given 3 weeks later.
The clinics will be located at:
- South – Blundstone Arena, Derwent Street, Bellerive (see additional South support details here)
- North – Vinnies Building, 330-336 Invermay Road, Mowbray (see additional North support details here)
The following resources will assist:
- Fact sheet – Supporting someone through the COVID vaccine process
To book in the Additional Support Clinics, there two main ways that people can make a booking:
- Online through the vaccination booking system – users will need to Register as a user and Verify an account.
Appointments for the Additional Support Clinic can be located by typing the keywords ‘Additional Support Clinic’ into the ‘Location’ search field.
Online booking system instructions are available for people who need more information.
Please note that when someone is registered, they will also receive notifications directly from the booking system ‘TasVax’ in relation to their appointments, including reminders.
- Call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 – please let the operator know that you want to book into an Additional Support Clinic / Quiet Day clinic.
Note there may be a wait with the current outbreak situation – please be patient when making your booking.
Other community clinic options are also available for people to access – a list of other clinics can be found here: www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/vaccination-information/covid-19-vaccination/Book-your-vaccine
COVID-19 Support Resources
The COVID-19 situation is causing frequent and significant changes in our daily lives. The uncertainty is unsettling for us all. On a positive note, there are many services who are creating and sharing very useful resources to help. We have compiled a list of them here.
To stay up to date with the most recent advice, we recommend that you visit the following websites:
Looking after your own wellbeing
The Australian Psychological Society has developed some information sheets that provide strategies which can help both adults and children cope with the stress or anxiety experienced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. They can be accessed here
For parents supporting children on the spectrum
Andrew Whitehouse and the CliniKids team at Telethon Kids Institute have developed some short videos with tips to assist parents who are supporting children on the spectrum during this challenging time. Watch the developing series here
Carol Gray is writing a series of social stories specifically about the pandemic. Read her stories here
The Raising Children Network has straightforward information about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and practical advice for families. Follow this link
The Australian Coalition for Inclusive Education (ACIE) have developed a Learning at Home During a Time of Crisis resource which can be accessed here.
Amanda Webster, a senior lecturer of autism and inclusive education, University of Wollongong has published an article via SBS Insight on 5 tips to help parents navigate the unique needs of children with autism learning from home. The page can be accessed here.
Richard Delorme, head of the Center of Excellence for Autism Spectrum Disorders and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at Robert Debré Hospital in Paris and Benjamin Landman, chief resident at the center have created more than 30 instructional modules designed to provide resources, counsel, information, lessons, schedules and overall aid to families confined to their homes. The modules were published via the website www.spectrumnews.org – “Coronavirus tool kit may aid families with autistic children during lockdown” which is available here.
Health and hygiene
These 30 minute eLearning modules about Infection Control may be useful for support workers or carers who may need to have close physical contact with other people:
- The Australian Government Department of Health has partnered with Aspen Medical who has developed this COVID-19 Infection Control training. This is for care workers in all settings. It covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19
- Disability Services Consulting have developed an online course called “Supporting People to Stay Infection Free“. This 30 minute module is an early release from their upcoming support worker training suite and goes through some theory and lots of practical strategies for preventing and controlling infections.
Recommendations for managing masks and COVID-19 tests
This article from the Harvard Medical School discusses the challenges people on the autism spectrum may experience with wearing masks and having COVID-19 tests and offers practical solutions. For the full article follow this linkBack to Resources