Irabina and COVID-19

Current Status: Services On-Site

We are continuing to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. At present all services have returned on site from Monday 12 October.

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

5th October 2020: After months of lockdown, working from home and Telehealth here in Melbourne due to the restrictions caused by COVID-19, we’re thrilled to announce that all services will return to centres starting 12 October 2020.

Whilst we welcome getting back onsite, we have to remain agile in a fluid situation. We will continue to follow the up-to-date recommendations from the NDIS and State Government. Our telehealth platform will remain in use and continue to be available should you or your child require it. We strongly recommend that if anyone in your family feels unwell please inform your clinician prior to coming to Irabina and, if possible, attend the session via telehealth instead.

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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