Irabina and COVID-19

Current Status: Services on Telehealth

Following the announcement by Daniel Andrews on Tuesday 7 July, all Irabina centres are currently closed with services being delivered online via Telehealth. It is hoped the Stage 3 Restrictions will be lifted by 19 August 2020.

Here at Irabina, we are monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and the advice from the Australian government very closely. The health of our clients and staff is of paramount importance to us, but so too is continuing to deliver our services.

Please visit this page regularly to keep up to date on our latest status. We will also be sharing regular updates via email and on our social pages, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. If you haven’t already, like our pages and subscribe to our email list to ensure you stay up-to-date.

Latest News

7th July 2020: Following the announcement this afternoon from Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, all Melbourne Metropolitan suburbs are returning to Stage 3 restrictions for 6 weeks. This means that all of our centres will have to close. We will return to delivering all of our services via Telehealth as of tomorrow, Wednesday 8 July. This will enable all of our families to continue to receive their sessions from the safety and comfort of their home.

We know how hard this is for all of you, and want to remind you that we are here to help however we can. If you’re struggling and need someone to talk to, please reach out to your clinician or call our reception number. We will continue to be here for each of you, and ready to support you any way we can.

COVID-19 resources for parents and carers of children with autism

Coronavirus - Social Story

This social story by Amanda McGuiness of the Autism Educator is designed to help alleviate children's anxiety and stress


How to talk to children about COVID-19

In this ABC article, Psychologist Christine Bagley-Jones provides advice on how to talk to children about the pandemic


I wash my hands

This poster provides photos and instructions for how to wash your hands


Ten Tips for Coping with COVID-19

From creating a retreat to taking a "corona" holiday, here are ten ways to stay positive during the pandemic


Coronavirus Aided Language Display

This chat board, created by Two Way Street, helps you to communicate about the pandemic

Irabina eHealth

Telehealth and COVID-19

While everyone is being affected by the pandemic, Irabina has shifted all of its services online to our Telehealth platform.

Sessions (including both individual and groups) will continue as scheduled, however instead of coming to our Irabina sites, you will connect from home using your laptop, tablet or phone. You will be able to hear, see and speak with your therapist as usual.

Using our Telehealth platform enables us to continue providing you with the services you need, while protecting our families and staff from the risk of infection.

NDIS Changes due to COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NDIS has introduced some changes to ensure supports can continue to be delivered to participants during this time, including:

  • Introducing three new support coordination items under Core Supports to support plan flexibility
  • A temporary 10 per cent increase to the price limit of some Core and Capacity Building supports
  • Changes to the cancellation rules

Hopefully these changes will provide our families with some much needed relief during these difficult times.

Understanding COVID-19

For more information, please refer to the following resources:

National guidelines
Australian Government
World Health Organisation
Australian Department of Health
Victoria Department of Health and Human Services

COVID-19, also referred to as Coronavirus, is a virus which can cause respiratory infections. First reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China, it has since spread around the world and been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, many organisations are closing and people are being recommended to remain home and isolate themselves.

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