Following advice from health authorities to protect the health and safety of our participants, our staff and the community we are taking measures to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19.
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Taking care of yourself
Check for symptoms
Should you or someone you live with begin to feel unwell or experience any symptoms such as fever, a cough, sore throat or fatigue, call your GP and follow their advice.
Stay at home
Self-isolation or self-quarantine involves staying home and avoiding public places, like restaurants or shopping centres. Please call your support coordinator if or when you are sick.
Our services and programs
Wellways continues to take measures to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 to protect the health and safety of our participants, our staff and the community.
For Victorian participants:
With the reintroduction of Stage 3 COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria for six weeks, from Thursday 9 July 2020, our offices in Greater Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are again restricted to essential staff only and walk-in services have been suspended pending advice from Victorian health authorities.
Staff working at any Wellways offices or sites across Victoria now are required to wear a mask or face covering all day – this includes office-based staff.
A single use mask is to be used by all Wellways participants receiving services and staff providing services. Staff will discuss the use of masks and face coverings with participants prior to providing support services.
Non-essential and face-to-face services, programs and events in Greater Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire have now been cancelled, postponed or modified.
For NSW Participants:
Wellways continues to provide walk-in and face-to-face services throughout NSW.
Please note that NSW Health requires Wellways participants and staff to wear a single use mask while receiving or providing services in the local government areas of:
- the eastern part of the City of Sydney
NSW Health also require Staff to actively ask participants about COVID-19 symptoms on arrival.
For participants outside of Victoria and NSW
Wellways offices in the ACT, Queensland and Tasmania have reopened and now providing walk-in services, with physical distancing requirements in place.
Face-to-face services, programs and events are being re-introduced, with physical distancing requirements in place. Please contact your local Wellways office or support coordinator for further information on what activities are being held.
How we're minimising the spread of COVID-19 in our offices
Remote working and flexible working
Wellways has always enabled flexible working practices for our people. We are further promoting flexible working approaches during this time. This means that we will have a mix of staff in the office and working from home. Our workgroups and teams are having a 30-minute touch base each morning to check in on daily work progress and personal check-ins.
Physical distancing (social distancing)
We will exercise physical distancing (formally known as social distancing) and best practice hygiene protocols.
Quick and informed responses to COVID-19
Wellways has established a COVID-19 Working Group who meets daily to discuss our response to COVID-19 and we are providing our team members with up to date information from credible sources in relation to COVID-19 and the implication for workplace practices.
Support is available
National Coronavirus Health Information Line - 1800 020 080. This service operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Health Direct - 1800 022 222 – for health advice from a registered nurse.
Translating and Interpreter Service - 131 450.
Looking after your mental health
It’s normal to feel unsettled or overwhelmed by news of an outbreak, so please look after your mental health.
Check out Beyond Blue's guide to taking care at this time.
If you are experiencing heightened anxiety or stress because of current events, Wellways Helpline can help. Call 1300 111 500. It provides support from 9am – 9pm Monday to Friday.