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A new mobile van delivering COVID-19 vaccinations around the Northern Rivers is making it even easier for people to get vaccinated.
The not-for-profit organisation Social Futures has made its outreach van available to the Northern NSW Local Health District, and the van will visit South Grafton, Kingscliff, Murwillumbah, South Tweed and Goonellabah over the next three weeks. Other locations are likely to also be added to the schedule.
Social Futures CEO Tony Davies said the van has been converted into an outreach vaccination clinic and today (October 28) and tomorrow, Friday (October 29) would be visiting the Bob Liddiard Park, South Grafton from 9.30am to 3.30pm.
“Everyone aged 12 and over is welcome to come and get vaccinated at this outreach clinic, and we are hoping that people who haven’t had the opportunity to get to another clinic or their GP can get to us,” Mr Davies said.
“We’ve been working with the Northern NSW Local Health District to find the right locations for the van, we’ve also talked to community housing providers and local councils to identify accessible locations that are convenient to walk to and highly visible to the community.”
Northern NSW Local Health District vaccination program coordinator Matt Long said the mobile van will offer the Pfizer vaccine, and people do not need to book.
“We are going to some residential areas, and other key locations which may not have had easy access to a vaccination clinic as yet,” Mr Long said.
“We want to make it easy for people to get the vaccine – no booking required – just turn up and get vaccinated.”
Mr Long said health staff would be available to answer questions about the vaccination process.
“The nurse immunisers have been providing COVID-19 vaccines for months now, and they will be happy to talk with people about the efficacy and benefits of vaccination against the COVID-19 virus. Our staff are here to provide advice and answer any questions.”
Residents are encouraged to bring their Medicare Card, if they have one.
Better Chances Forum (BCF) is a collaboration supporting better chances for children, young people and their families to lead safe, happy and healthy lives.
On 20 October we held a zoom conversation about how we can support our vulnerable community members to understand the risks and benefits, make an informed choice and access COVID-19 vaccinations.
While COVID-19 vaccine supplies are now more plentiful in Northern NSW our vulnerable communities are facing greater risk if they are not vaccinated and may face barriers in taking up their choice to be vaccinated.
The conversation included a discussion panel with:
- Carolyn Lloyd, Immunisation Coordinator Clinical Nurse Consultant, North Coast Public Health Unit, NSW Health
- Dr Brett Lynam, General Practitioner and Healthy North Coast Population Health Clinical Adviser
- Georgina Cohen, CEO Rekindling the Spirit.
What did we learn?
Many community members are keen to understand the technology behind different COVID-19 vaccines. Medical professionals have never seen this level of interest in vaccine technology, types or brands for flu vaccines or other population-wide immunisation programs.
The panel helped us unpack some of the questions that community members are asking. Here are some of the issues we discussed keeping in mind when supporting vulnerable community members to understand the risks and benefits, make decisions and access vaccination.
- COVID-19 is a new disease that humans have not been exposed to before, unlike the flu, which we have some resistance to. That’s why it poses so much risk to our community, and particularly vulnerable community members.
- mRNA technology used in the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines has been around for about a decade now. Although these vaccines are new, mRNA technology is not unknown and research and development for these types of vaccines has been going on for decades in the scientific community.
- Studies in 2020 saw more people participate in testing than for other vaccinations we have been using for decades. COVID-19 vaccines were developed faster using existing technologies, but without cutting corners in development, testing or approval. This was possible because of the massive number of people infected and available to participate in testing, and a huge input of time, funding and resources with most experts in the industry working intensively on COVID-19 vaccine development in 2020-21.
- To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines visit the Australian Government’s COVID-19 vaccines website.
- Our vulnerable community members who are not vaccinated, and young children who cannot access vaccination, will carry a big share of the burden of risk in the coming weeks and months.
- History, past policy, and past and some current practice has eroded some community members’ trust in governments and services. This can affect how some people think and feel about vaccination for COVID-19.
- Some BCF members work with vulnerable young people who have no Medicare card and are reluctant to visit health services. Some collaboration between services, over time, may be needed to support some young people to understand and access vaccination. Contact BCF if you need support linking young people with relevant services.
- A Medicare card is not essential to access COVID-19 vaccination.
- We do not offer individual advice that we are not qualified to give. Seek medical advice for yourself and your family when you need to. Encourage your staff, participants and customers to seek individual medical advice when they need to too.
Contacts and links
Social Futures is looking to fill the following positions –
Program Worker – Youth
- Full Time Fixed Term Opportunity until 30.06.2022
- SCHCADS Level 4.1 plus Generous Salary Packaging Options
- Located in Lismore
Are you interested in working within a multidisciplinary team providing holistic support to young people with a focus on mental health? headspace Lismore currently has vacancy for a Program Worker Youth – Intake and Reception Support at the Lismore Centre.
Program Worker – Assertive Outreach
- Full-Time Fixed Term Opportunity
- up to SCHCADS Level 5 (dependent on experience) Generous salary packaging.
- Located in the Lovely Tweed Heads
We have an exciting opportunity in Tweed Heads for an Assertive Outreach Program Worker to work within our homelessness service, Connecting Home. The Connecting Home program assists those experiencing homelessness, or at risk thereof to identify and access sustainable housing outcomes, as well as appropriate supports, education and employment opportunities. Specifically, this role will work within our Assertive Outreach team, assisting rough-sleeper clients, to amongst other things transition into and sustain housing outcomes.
Program Worker – Homelessness
- Part-Time Position of 45 Hours per Fortnight
- SCHCADS Level 5 Plus Generous Salary Packaging Options
- Location: Lismore
We have an exciting opportunity for a Program Worker to join our homelessness service, Connecting Home, with our Lismore team! To be successful, you will work collaboratively with key stakeholders, service providers and participants to empower them and develop their capacity and resources for positive change.
Program Worker – Youth Access
- Part Time Fixed Term to 30 June 2022 (60 hours per f/n)
- SCHCADS Level 4 plus Generous Salary Packaging Options
- Located in Lismore
We have a great opportunity for an Youth Access Worker within our headspace program Lismore. This rewarding role entails effective engagement, screening and providing timely assessments. You will have previous experience arranging referrals to appropriate in-house services and pathways for young people to access focused health interventions.
Program Worker – StandBy
- Multiple Part Time Positions Available
- SCHCADS Level 4 plus generous salary packaging options
- Locations: Central Coast, Moree, Upper New England
StandBy support after suicide service is a community-based postvention program developed in response to an identified need for a coordinated community response to assist families, friends and associates who have been bereaved or impacted through suicide, regardless of when or where the suicide occurred. It is an integrated response service utilising existing emergency and community support networks, resulting in bereaved people accessing the right support at the right time and place. Participation and cooperation with a wide range of agencies, essential.
Northern Rivers Women and Children’s Service Inc (NORWACS) is seeking applications from suitably qualified and experienced women for the position of Finance Officer – 14 hours per week permanent part time.
The Finance Officer will ensure that the financial obligations of NORWACS are fulfilled through the provision of financial services to internal and external stakeholders.
All work is undertaken in accordance with Northern Rivers Women and Children’s Services Inc. philosophy, policies and procedures and relevant legislation.
To request the position description or other information email us at: [email protected]
Email your expression of interest in the position, addressing the selection criteria, and a current resume to: [email protected]
A Working with Children check will be undertaken on the preferred candidate.
NORWACS considers being a woman is a genuine occupational qualification for this position under s31 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).
Expressions of interest close: Monday, November 8.
Short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews the week commencing 15 November 2021, with commencement date following as soon as possible.
Sharing information 2022 offering;
Certificate IV Community Services delivered
12 month course –2 evenings a week , study in a virtual classroom supported with teacher – Study in comfort of your own home.
This course is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members employed in Community Services wanting to obtain a formal qualification.
Register your interest ASAP via email with Aboriginal Education & Engagement Coordinator Katrina Radburn by emailing: [email protected]
Aged and Community Services Australia is running First Nation Ways of Being: Respect, Understanding and Safety in Aged Care training on October 28 at 3pm – November 4 at 4:30 pm.
The First Nation Ways of Being: Respect, Understanding and Safety in Aged Care Series – is designed specifically for aged care, utilising both applied and action research. Combined with a fusion of First Nations’ ways of knowing and being, the program offers materials from reputable sources and demonstrates appropriate cultural protocols.
Designed with consideration to the learning preferences of First Nations Peoples, the meaningful content engages the participant to ‘walk together’ through appropriate activities to reinforce learning. All material delivered has been guided via a peer review process.
Find out more here
A new way of yarning about health decisions for Aboriginal people and healthcare professionals has been created with mob, for mob.
Healthy North Coast Chief Executive Officer Julie Sturgess says she is delighted to promote Finding your way, a new culturally adapted model to help Aboriginal communities and their health providers talk through health decisions together.
“At Healthy North Coast, our role is to make sure any North Coast resident who wants a COVID-19 vaccine can access it and to help residents make that decision in a culturally safe way,” Ms Sturgess said.
“We know that sometimes talking about your own health isn’t easy and you want to talk to someone you can trust to get the information that’s right for you.
“This new resource is a great model for conversations about the COVID-19 vaccine with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people because it recognises the role of family and other cultural factors, and highlights the non-linear approach Aboriginal people often take to decision-making about their health.
“Finding your way tells the story of an individual’s journey in making a health decision. We all start at the beginning, but choose different paths based on our experiences, knowledge and beliefs.
“This model incorporates many of the practices, cultural beliefs and values that our region’s Aboriginal medical services and Aboriginal health workers already use when yarning with their community about the vaccine.
“Using this approach, people can ask questions, share stories and weigh up options for them and their family – even take a break if they don’t want to make a vaccine decision straight away.
“For this reason, I also encourage GPs and other local health providers to offer this way of talking about the COVID-19 vaccination to their communities.
“Making the right health decision is not always straightforward and we need to incorporate new ways of thinking and yarning into our health conversations,” Ms Sturgess said.
Vaccinations are having a positive effect on COVID-19 outbreaks in residential aged care facilities (RACFs).
Australian Government data indicates that mortality rates of residents in RACFs have decreased by 91% from October 2020 to October 2021.
During this time, there were 82% more RACF COVID-19 outbreaks across Australia, but the high level of vaccination among residents and staff resulted in significant improvements in outcomes.
Despite there being 82% more outbreaks, the transmission rates increased by a much smaller amount on the pre-vaccination outbreak data from 2020 (residents 23% and staff 14%).
It is anticipated that transmission rates will decrease by October 2022, with a higher proportion of residents and staff vaccinated for the entire year.
In both data sets, 42–43% of outbreaks only contain one case, which indicates manageability of outbreaks.
In light of the improved survival and transmission rates, it is timely for general practitioners and RACF RNs to revisit discussions with residents (or guardians) who have not consented to be vaccinated.
Changes and updates for RACF health professionals
By October 25, all RACF staff are to be double vaccinated.
By October 31, all health practitioners and students must have one dose. A second dose is required by 4 December to enter an RACF.
Visitor and resident directives are outlined on the NSW Health website.Mid North Coast and northern NSW RACFs, the Public Health Unit, local health districts (LHDs) and Healthy North Coast continue to prepare and monitor local clusters occurring. However, the focus is changing, with the NSW and Federal Governments moving toward a COVID-19 outbreak being ‘business as usual’. Imminent changes to decreased self-isolation periods for double vaccinated people will support these changes.
Healthy North Coast’s COVID-19 RACF GP Framework remains in place. However, as outbreaks become business as usual, the focus will be on ensuring timely communication between all sectors and flexibility in responses based on the outbreak team’s assessment.
The Protocol to support joint management of a COVID-19 outbreak in one or more RACFs in NSW remains in place, with the most significant aspect for primary care being that the LHD physicians lead medical management of COVID-19-positive cases. The RACF outbreak response plans through the LHDs vary, but the overarching principles of the joint protocol are in place.
The COVID-19 Assessment and Management in Residential Aged Care HealthPathway has been updated to reflect the joint protocol arrangements.
Stay Strong to Keep Moving is a campaign to bring you some simple ways to be more active. It has been put together by COTA NSW, Arthritis NSW, Diabetes NSW and ACT and the National Heart Foundation.
The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that people have spent more time at home than usual. You may have spent a lot of time sitting, which is not good for your health. You may have found it difficult to keep up your physical activity or exercise, let alone start a new exercise program.
We all know that staying active is good for our health and wellbeing. It is recommended that older adults accumulate at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on most, preferably all days.
However, did you know that strength and balance training is even more important as we age, and has many benefits for the body and mind? Maintaining muscle mass and strength helps us remain independent and able to do the things we want to do. Other benefits of strength and balance training include:
• Reducing the risk of falls and other injuries
• Improving joint health and bone density
• Improving coordination
• Reducing stress, anxiety and depression
• Improving confidence in the way you move
• Improving insulin sensitivity
• Increasing brain function and learning
• Helping to maintain a healthy weight
• Supporting good sleep patterns
Why not get started now?
If you’ve become a COVID slug, Stay Strong to Keep Moving is here to help you get moving again. It doesn’t have to take a lot to start being more physically active, and it can be fun.
And remember, exercise isn’t one size fits all. If you have any concerns, talk to a healthcare professional about the types of exercise that are suitable for you, or look up one of these evidence- based strength and balance programs.
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Heart Foundation Walking
Regular walking is one of the simplest ways you can improve your health, and walking in a group has social benefits too. Heart Foundation Walking is Australia’s largest free walking network. Find out more
Living Longer Living Stronger
COTA NSW Living Longer Living Stronger strength and balance program is designed to help people aged 50 plus improve their strength, mobility and balance. You have an individual assessment to develop a tailored exercise plan, then join a fun and friendly group where you can work towards your individual goals with a trained exercise professional. Find out more
Arthritis NSW Strength and Balance
The Arthritis NSW Strength and Balance Program is designed to help people living with arthritis and other musculoskeletal complaints. It’s a social program developed to support healthy joint function, build strength, manage pain, maintain and improve mobility and support healthy balance. Find out more
Beat It Program
Beat it is an eight-week physical activity and lifestyle program from Diabetes NSW. It includes moderate-intensity aerobic, strength and balance-based exercises, as well as education sessions on healthier living. Suitable for all levels of fitness. Find out more