Join the Care Army – Central Queensland today

MP Brittany Lauga at the North Rockhampton Nursing Centre. Brittany joined the Care Army on April 1, 2020.

NOTICE with MP for Keppel Brittany Lauga

Now, more than ever, our community in central Queensland relies on the military.

In this case, it’s the Care Army where volunteers are once again stepping in to keep vulnerable Central Queenslanders, including our elders, safe as Omicron Covid-19 cases continue to rise.

The Palaszczuk government launched the Care Army in 2020 to help support the elderly and vulnerable during the Covid-19 pandemic.

I was one of the first to register here in Central Queensland and have enjoyed helping those less fortunate than myself.

Nearly 28,500 Queenslanders answered the call that day and signed up as volunteers to help more than 70 organizations across the state.

The Queensland Government has invited Queenslanders to join the Care Army to help organizations across the state provide a range of services to people who may not have friends, family or neighbors and who need support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you to all of the Care Army volunteers who signed up and those who helped out as we continue to identify more opportunities for Care Army to support those in need.

Care Army volunteers are encouraged to reach out to friends, family and neighbors who may be isolated and in need of assistance.

I can assure you there are plenty of Central Queenslanders in home quarantine who could use their support networks if they need help.

If people have no other means of assistance, they can call the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 so assistance can be deployed.

It can be as simple as chatting for a while or picking up a prescription.

The Care Army has continued to support Queenslanders during the pandemic, most recently through administrative and logistical duties at Queensland Health immunization clinics.

Care Army volunteers are generally a busy group who stay active in their own communities, supporting family, friends and neighbors with essential items and deposits.

It is through the administrative efforts of Volunteering Queensland that working with non-governmental organizations and the Care Army can support the community.

For those without other means of support, I encourage you to call the Community Recovery Helpline on 1800 173 349 for assistance with urgent essentials such as food or medicine. .

The primary focus of the Care Army is social connection and essential services such as the delivery of groceries and medicine for elderly people in Queensland.

If you are in a community organization, we encourage you to think about how you could use volunteers to help meet the needs of older and vulnerable people in their communities.

This could be achieved through phone calls or video chats to check on the well-being of older, vulnerable Queenslanders and help reduce the impacts of social isolation.

It could also involve contactless delivery of food, medicine and essentials, driving people to appointments, mowing lawns or similar tasks.

Care Army’s talented volunteers may be able to help you maintain existing operations and begin putting plans in place for a post-Covid-19 environment.

The safety and health of Care Army volunteers and the safety, health and privacy of those they assist are of paramount importance.

There is no cost to access Care Army volunteers.

For those of you looking to find the right service for your coronavirus claim, here is a list of some of those services:

Health tips

. For health advice, including on the telephone assessment of your symptoms by a nurse, call 134 COVID (134 268)

. For doctor’s appointments, medical advice and for information about tests, including test results and locations, call your local doctor or search online for a GP. Telehealth consultations may be available.

Practical support

. If you are in quarantine and need food or other essential supplies, call the Community Recovery Helpline: 1800 173 349

. Multicultural Connect Line toll free helpline 1300 079 020

. If you need information on Australian Government support for those affected by Covid-19, including economic support payments and allowances for people who are in self-quarantine and unable to work, visit the website from Services Australia or call 132 468.

. The Seniors Information Line is a statewide information and referral service for seniors, families, friends, grandparents and carers in Queensland. Call 1300 135 500.

Mental health support

. For mental health support call 1300 MH CALL (1300 64 22 55)

. Multicultural Connect Line toll free helpline 1300 079 020

. Carers Australia: Short-term psychological support services for carers and their families. Call 1800 242 636

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Aged Care Clients

. If you have NDIS or My Aged Care services, contact your service provider for assistance first.

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