General information to the disability community (including PPE and building your bubble)…

We hope you and your whānau are safe and taking care of each other. This is a significant time for us in Aotearoa – and all over the world. I know that this is causing concern and anxiety in our community.

I want to reassure you that our small and passionate team are working hard with champions in the disability community to keep you all healthy and safe.

Below is information about changes we’re making to support you, and updates from the Ministry.

Message on Personal Protective Equipment from the Ministry of Health

We know you have lots of questions about Protective Equipment, so below is all the information we have.

Current demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) is unprecedented. The Ministry recognises this is causing concern among the increasing number of staff being brought in to help manage the COVID-19 outbreak. Measures to address immediate needs, which include a limited urgent release of equipment and accompanying guidance, will be announced within 24 hours. These measures are in addition to a longer term solution which is also being worked through. The safety of staff is a top priority as we work through this fast-evolving and challenging time.

Information for Disability and Aged Care Providers

We’ve got an update for Disability and Aged Care Providers on:

·        Essential services

·        Changes for disability and aged care services under alert level 4

·        Coordinating with your DHB or NASC

·        Supporting people who are more at risk of Covid-19

·        Supporting people with confirmed or suspected Covid-19

·        Personal protective equipment (PPE)

·        Going to work

·        Advice for employers.

Read the full update on our website – Update for Disability and Aged Care Providers on Alert 4.

Essential workers letter

We have developed a template for essential workers. You can download this as soon as it’s on our website:

Build your bubble

We’ve made a video about how you can build your bubble. Please share this with people you know!

Making information accessible

We’re working with specialist advisors from the disability community to ensure that information the Ministry and Covid-19 teams are sending out, is accessible to everyone. As you can appreciate, this takes time. While this is a huge priority for us, we ask that you be patient as we work hard to get everyone the information they need.

What we’re working on

We’re working on a number of tasks that we’ll keep you updated on as we progress. This includes:

·        Paying residential family carers under Funded Family Care policies
·        Supporting your wellbeing with a phone line for specialist behavioural advice for disabled people, whānau and residential providers

Adri Isbister, Disability Directorate, MoH (Deputy Director-General, Disability)
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