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Fear and anxiety are natural responses to threat and uncertainty. These strong emotions may result in difficulty sleeping. The information below can help you get a better night's sleep amid the stress of the coronavirus pandemic.

New Advisory Service - Healthdirect Australia

The Australian Government Department of Health has recognised a need to assist health workers helping people with disabilities through COVID-19, establishing a COVID-19 Health Professionals National Disability Advisory Service.

Healthdirect Australia has been engaged to manage the helpline on behalf of the Australian Department of Health.

The Advisory Service provides specialised advice regarding the care of a person with disability diagnosed with COVID-19 or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Some people with disability may become very anxious in these situations and require reasonable adjustments to their healthcare to ensure they receive, either COVID-19 testing or treatment, with minimum distress. Specific support may be required to address communication and management issues, such as behaviours of concern and the reduction of risk to the patient and staff involved in the process.

Calls to the Advisory Service will be answered by health professionals with disability service qualifications and experience working with people with disability.

Health professionals can call the service on 1800 131 330 from Tuesday 7 July 2020. It is available between 7am – 11pm (AEST) 7 days a week.

The helpline will be available for a six week trial, at which point it will be assessed on based on utilisation and future need.
 

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