Attending TCFV support and social support group meetings during COVID-19

Version 3 (Dated 7 July 2020)

LATEST UPDATE: 7 July 2020: Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire Council will return to stage three restrictions for six weeks as of midnight Wednesday 8 July. This will mean until approx. 19 August 2020, or until specified otherwise, no face-to-face meetings will be held in Metropolitan Melbourne. (No TCFV meetings are held within the Shire of Mitchell.)

 

BACKGROUND

The Victorian Government has been in the process of relaxing some restrictions relating to COVID-19. Based on these guidelines TCFV has been investigating options that allow us to provide peer support services where possible, whilst also protecting the health and safety of our members, volunteers and staff, and the broader community, in this time of COVID-19.

 

WHICH GROUPS ARE RETURNING?

For group leaders to return to these support group meetings in the coming months will be an individual decision and their preferences will be guided by factors such as age and pre-existing health conditions. To check which meeting groups are returning to “embodied” meetings and which groups are running online meetings, please contact TCFV Centre on 9888 4944 / 1300 064 068.

 

 

MEETING REQUIREMENTS IN LIEU OF COVID-19

 

PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE ‘COVIDsafe APP’ PRIOR TO THE MEETING

 

PARTICIPANT NAMES/MOBILE NUMBERS ARE RECORDED

  • You need to ensure prior to the meeting commencing that you have recorded your name and mobile number with the group leader.

 

PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN FOOD & DRINK

  • Due to the current situation, TCFV is unable to provide food and drinks. Attendees must bring their own food and drinks to minimise the risk of infection. Food and drink must not be shared.

 

NAME TAGS

  • Please bring a name tag, with your name and from home (a sticky label or piece of paper/cardboard with safety pin would suffice)

 

PHYSICAL CONTACT IS AVOIDED AND PHYSICAL DISTANCE MAINTAINED

  • A particularly difficult one for TCFV – the support expressed through a hug, for instance, is well known and appreciated within TCFV culture – but we must refrain from physical contact during this current situation and maintain a 1.5 metre physical distance from one another. (This includes maintaining the 1.5 metre seating arrrangement.)

 

GOOD HYGIENE IS PRACTICED

  • Make sure you follow good hygiene and encourage others to do the same. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze and disposing of used tissues immediately.
  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY IS ENCOURAGED

  • Please stay home if you feel unwell.
  • If you are likely to be contagious, you are required to stay at home.
  • Seek medical advice promptly and follow the directions of your local health authority.
  • Stay calm, stay informed, be careful and be alert.
  • PLEASE REMEMBER OUR TCFV TELEPHONE SUPPORT-LINE (9888 4944 / 1300 064 068)

 

 

What to do if someone is at work and shows symptoms of COVID-19

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-08/what-do-you-do-if-someone-shows-coronavirus-symptoms-at-work/12130520

If someone is at work when they find out or begin to suspect they have the virus, these are the seven steps SafeWork Australia says to follow:

  1. Isolate: Remove the person from others. SafeWork Australia recommends giving the person a surgical mask, if possible.
  2. Inform: Tell health authorities by calling the national COVID-19 hotline on 1800 020 080, and follow the advice of health officials. Depending on your situation, authorities could give you specific advice.
  3. Transport: Workplaces should make sure the person has transport, either to their home or to a medical facility.
  4. Clean: The area where the person has been working and all the places they have been should be cleaned. This may mean evacuating those areas. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should be used when cleaning.
  5. Identify: Find out who at the workplace had close contact with the infected person recently, up to 24 hours before they first started experiencing symptoms.
  • Close contact means anyone who has been face-to-face for at least 15 minutes with the infected person or has been in the same space as them for two hours.
  • Those employees should be sent home to isolate. If the infected worker had contact with large parts of the workplace, all employees may have to self-isolate for 14 days.
  1. Clean: The areas where these people have been should also be cleaned, this could involve the evacuation of these areas and cleaners should also use PPE.
  2. Review: The workplace should review the way it controls the risks of COVID-19 and decide whether work may need to change, with employees kept up to date on what is happening and on the appropriate safety procedures.