Disability

Can I get a COVID-19 test at home?

Coronavirus testing can now be provided to people with disability in their own homes. This is called the Call-to-Test service and is available to:

  • people with an injury, chronic health issue, or frailty affecting mobility
  • people with moderate to severe physical or psychosocial disability
  • people with moderate to severe mental health or behavioural issues not otherwise classified as a psychosocial disability
  • carers for a person with moderate to severe disability

To access this service TAC clients can call the Victorian COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 675 398 and select option 6, then option 5. A GP referral is required. If you do not have a regular GP, the Hotline will arrange a telehealth consultation for the caller.

If I am a person with disability, how can I plan for an emergency?

It is important to plan for emergencies well in advance. Collaborating 4 Inclusion has a range of emergency planning tools designed by people with disability for people with disability. The TAC encourages you to make emergency plans in collaboration with your family, friends and/or care team so you are prepared in case an emergency occurs.

Where can I find information for people with a disability about COVID-19?

A range of resources are available that can assist people with disability during the pandemic. These include:

  • The Australian Government Department of Health's Coronavirus Advice for People with Disability, which has easy-read and other useful information.
  • The Australian Government Department of Social Services' Disability Gateway to support people with disability, their families and carers during COVID-19. It provides information and referrals as well as easy-read resources about COVID-19. The Disability Gateway is available on 1800 643 787 Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm.
  • Easy-read versions of official government COVID-19 resources on the Information Access Group website.

Can I request just one attendant care worker, even if that means the worker is required to do overtime?

It is best to discuss this with your attendant care provider and make plans with them. Providers need to consider their occupational health and safety requirements and impact on staff.