February 15, 2022
Jeremy Rockliff, Minister of Community Services and Development
The health and safety of Tasmanians remains our number one priority as we continue to transition to life with COVID-19 in our community, and our COVID care program continues to support not only Tasmanians but also our vital organizations around the world. community sector that provide help to those in need.
Our supports for the COVID Care community sector have been very well received, with TasCOSS CEO Adrienne Piccone commenting that our initiative and rapid response to the outbreak has been described as “state-of-the-art,” anecdotally supported by other community organizations including the CEO of Neighborhood Homes Tasmania.
These initiatives include our initial allocation of $100,000 in funding to TasCOSS to distribute grants for PPE, RATS and masks which were quickly exhausted, and we responded to this high demand with a total of just over $253,000 in funding.
In addition, Tasmanians living with disabilities continue to be prioritized in our vaccine rollout, with disability service providers and their workers having access to a dedicated point of contact to access a range of advice and support, as well as the provision of N95 masks for people with disabilities. on demand.
Quarantine hotels continue to be available in the event of an outbreak in shelter or for Tasmanians who are COVID-positive or in isolation where no other options are readily available, and flexible domestic violence support packages are available to support stability and security when leaving an abusive relationship.
And for Tasmanians directed to self-isolation because they are symptomatic and awaiting a test, are COVID-positive, are caring for someone who is COVID-positive or have been asked to self-isolate as As close contact, our COVID-Care Package supports continued funding for The Salvation Army and its many local community partners for the provision of daily basics such as food, medicine or shelter.
Affected individuals or families can access these additional supports by contacting the Public Health Helpline on 1800 671 738, and COVID-Care will be provided on demand to those in need through a flexible, individualized response. .
While Tasmanians have shown incredible resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also providing additional funding to raise awareness in the community about the range of mental health supports available and where to go for help, such as Mental Health Council of Tasmania Check In. website and a Tasmanian Lifeline – 1800 98 44 34 – which is also available 7 days a week for any Tasmanian who may need further assistance.
These supports are in addition to existing individual funding for those who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19.
As we continue to transition through life with COVID, the Liberal Government of Tasmania is ensuring additional supports are provided to Tasmanians, and our COVID Care Program has ensured continuity of services for our vital community sector organizations which provide this support.
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