RADIO SKID ROW 88.9fm COVID-19

              RESOURCE GUIDE Updated 4th June 2020


CONTENTS

OFFICIAL HEALTH & GOV INFORMATION

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS & TESTING

LEGAL INFO & SUPPORT

RENTING, TENANCY SUPPORT AND INFORMATION

NAVIGATING CENTRELINK, FINANCIAL ISSUES & JOB LOSS

EXPERIENCING HOMLESSNESS OR HOUSING PRECARITY

FIRST NATIONS


CALD POPULATIONS, MIGRANTS & REFUGEES


INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS


LGBTIQ

SEX WORKERS


AOD SERVICES

DISABILITY & CHRONIC PHYSICAL ILLNESS SUPPORTS

CARERS SUPPORT

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS

LOCAL DONATIONS

LOCAL VOLUNTEER OPTIONS

PRACTICAL SUPPORT - FOOD BOXES, VOUCHERS ETC.


MUTUAL AID/ COMMUNITY GROUPS IN SYDNEY

OTHER SUPPORT & INFORMATION HELPLINES
OFFICIAL HEALTH & GOV INFORMATION

WORLD HEALTH ORG : 

www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Includes a basic primer on COVID-19, Q&A, mythbusters, public health advice, travel advice, information posters you can download, up to date statistics, official statements and daily updates.

AUS GOV DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH :

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resources

Australian specific fact sheets on COVID-19. Clear, simple to understand facts.  


https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/translated-coronavirus-covid-19-resources

The same downloadable fact sheets available in Greek, Farsi, Arabic, Vietnamese, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Italian, Turkish, Tagalog, Tamil, Serbian, Russian, Punjabi, Polish, Persian, Pashto, Maltese, Macedonian, Khmer, Indonesian, Hungarian, Hindi, Hazaragi, German, Dutch, Dinka, Dari, Croatian, Bosnian, Chin Hakka, Pitjantjatjara, Warlpiri.

NSW HEALTH :
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/alerts/Pages/coronavirus-faqs.aspx

Comprehensive up to date NSW Government based information on COVID-19. 

NSW GOVERNMENT :
www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

Comprehensive info on COVID-19, including info on public health orders and what you legally can and can not do under current government restrictions. The page can be translated in over 30 languages and is regularly updated.  








COVID-19 SYMPTOMS & TESTING

HEALTH DIRECT SYMPTOM CHECKER :
https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/symptom-checker/tool/basic-details

A free online tool to help you decide whether it’s advisable to call health professionals if you think you are having COVID-19 symptoms.
CALL :
1800 022 222

ALWAYS CALL YOUR G.P BEFORE ATTENDING THEIR CLINIC AND ASK FOR THEIR PROTOCOL FOR POTENTIAL COVID-19 PATIENTS. TAKE YOUR TEMPERATURE.

NSW GOV :

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/symptoms-and-testing

This page has a great visual faq sheet explaining the difference between the symptoms of THE FLU, A COUGH AND COVID-19.

HEALTH NSW :

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus-clinics.aspx

List of all COVID-19 testing clinics in NSW.


SUMMER HILL DRIVE THROUGH CLINIC :

7 Prospect Road, Summer Hill, NSW 2130

Stop at the covered area and wait for staff instructions. 8:30am-3:30pm, 7 days.














LEGAL INFO & SUPPORT

MARRICKVILLE LEGAL CENTRE :

https://www.mlc.org.au/

A not for profit legal centre that offers free and accessible legal services to people who experience social and economic disadvantage in the Marrickville area.  


REDFERN LEGAL CENTRE :

https://rlc.org.au

Redfern Legal Centre provides free, confidential legal advice and casework, delivers community legal education and engages in law reform.

NSW LEGAL AID :

https://www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au/get-legal-help/covid-19

A number of fact sheets are available covering important legal issues people are navigating during COVID-19. Topics covered include : Domestic violence, money/debt/fines, jobs and employment, family law and understanding COVID-19 restrictions and your rights.
CALL :
1300 888 529 or contact your local Legal Aid office.

LEGAL AID NSW :  
https://www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au/get-legal-help/covid-19

Legal Aid NSW provides legal services to disadvantaged clients across NSW in most areas of criminal, family and civil law. They provide a series of fact sheets and resources related to COVID-19 and the law. They also offer free legal help if you are facing legal issues that relate to the COVID-19 public health laws. They cover employment problems, social security entitlements, family law issues or parenting problems.

Youth Hotline 

CALL : 1800 10 18 10
The Hotline provides legal advice and information to young people under 18, and operates 9am to midnight weekdays, with a 24-hour service from Friday 9am to Sunday midnight and also on public holidays.

LAW ACCESS NSW :

www.lawaccess.nsw.gov.au
Helpline -1300 888 529

Legal advice for NSW residents. Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.



RENTING, TENANCY SUPPORT AND INFORMATION

TENANTS UNION OF NSW :

www.tenants.org.au/blog/renting-and-covid-19-information

An up to date in depth Q&A style information sheet about renting during COVID-19 in NSW. Covers asking for a rent reduction during COVID-19.

NSW FAIR TRADING :

https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/resource-library/publications/coronavirus-covid-19/property/moratorium

Explains the 6 month moratorium on evictions in NSW.


NAVIGATING CENTRELINK, FINANCIAL ISSUES & JOB LOSS

SERVICES AUSTRALIA - CENTRELINK PAYMENTS : https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/affected-coronavirus-covid-19
For people who already claim a centrelink payment, want to register to claim a centrelink payment, want information about the changes that have been made to any centrelink payments and job seeker obligations during the COVID -19 period and one off crisis payments that are available.    

AUSTRALIAN TAX OFFICE :

https://www.ato.gov.au/General/COVID-19/Support-for-individuals-and-employees/

Information on Jobkeeper payments for individuals and businesses, superannuation & tax relief for people affected by COVID-19.
CALL :
1800 806 218. Emergency Support Infoline.













EXPERIENCING HOMLESSNESS OR HOUSING PRECARITY

WAYSIDE CHAPEL

https://www.waysidechapel.org.au/covid19/
Wayside Chapel is a service for homeless people and is located in Kings Cross and Bondi.

The Community Service Centres offer across the 2 venues


FIRST NATIONS

ABORIGINAL LEGAL SERVICE

https://www.alsnswact.org.au/coronavirus_information
The ALS assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children through representation in court, advice and information, and referral to further support services.They have specific COVID-19 information and offices all over NSW and the ACT.

CALL : 1800 765 767 for police charges and court matters.

CALL : 1800 733 233 for care and protection and family matters.

ALS TENANCY SERVICE :
https://www.alsnswact.org.au/tenancy
ALS tenant advocates fight for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in all forms of housing.
Western Aboriginal Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service (WATAAS)

Covering Central West, North West and Far West areas.

CALL : 02 6884 0969

ABORIGINAL HEALTH AND MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF NSW :
https://www.ahmrc.org.au/coronavirus/
Includes COVID19 information, resources, links, downloadable posters, factsheets and more relevant to First Nations populations.

FIRST PEOPLES DISABILITY NETWORK AUSTRALIA
https://fpdn.org.au/covid19
For First Nations people living with a disability. Information and resources.











CALD POPULATIONS, MIGRANTS & REFUGEES

ETHNOLINK :
https://www.ethnolink.com.au/covid-19-coronavirus-translated-resources/
COVID-19 resources translated into 71 languages and multiple First Nations languages. Information is from the Department of Health (Australian Government), Department of Home Affairs, and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

STARTTS :
https://www.startts.org.au/blog/a-message-from-startts-covid-19/
STARTTS provides culturally relevant psychological treatment and support, and community interventions to help people and communities heal the scars of refugee trauma and rebuild their lives in Australia. Anyone can make a referral to STARTTS, including service providers, medical professionals, a family member or friend of the person or the person themselves. They are still providing services over the phone during COVID-19.
CALL :
 (02) 9646 6800 – Ask for the Intake Officer to make an appointment.


MIGRANT EMPLOYMENT LEGAL SERVICE :

https://mels.org.au/2020/03/23/faqs-covid-19-and-your-employment/
MELS provides free confidential legal help to migrants in Australia. Their info page has an extensive FAQ answering questions about the virus, employment, and rights under COVID-19 changes.

CALL : 8002 1203

ASYLUM SEEKERS CENTRE :
https://asylumseekerscentre.org.au/covid-19-outbreak-information-for-people-needing-support/
CALL : 02 9078 1900 from 9am – 4pm, Monday – Friday
ASC helps with
accomodation, legal and financial support, employment support, casework, advocacy, referrals and many other services.

REFUGEE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA :
https://www.refugeecouncil.org.au/covid-19-update-for-refugees-and-people-seeking-asylum/5/
RACS is a central hub of info for refugees. Their downloadable COVID-19 FAQ is intensely useful and detailed. Covering Temporary Visa Protection holders and their rights, Centrelink eligibility, being on a protection visa, and any changes made to visa processes under COVID-19 changes. They also have a services directory and downloadable FAQ sheets for refugees covering a wide array of important topics.  

AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS
https://www.redcross.org.au/covidrelief?fbclid=IwAR0VpSfNsT5oOB-NhHu0JM_0eYVTvJlv2kjy3o8kuXQ0H-4a97s2LzMay0k
Emergency relief for people on Temporary Protection Visas. They provide a one off relief payment and a downloadable factsheet for TPV holders.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT LEGAL CENTRE NSW  

https://rlc.org.au/our-services/international-students
They provide free, confidential legal advice to international students living in New South Wales.

International students can get advice about housing problems, fines, debts, car accidents, employment, discrimination, family law, domestic violence, and complaints about colleges or universities. They also advise how these problems affect student visas.


https://rlc.org.au/article/advice-for-international-students-hardship-covid-19
Advice for international students on available support services.

LGBTIQ

TWENTY 10 :

www.twenty10.org.au/covid-19/

Provides a range of support services and social spaces for people of diverse genders, sexualities and sexes in NSW. Services are aimed specifically at people aged under 26.

ACON :

https://www.aconhealth.org.au/trans_and_gender_diverse_people_and_covid_19?fbclid=IwAR2T9dSnjNOJZt2TbUvupBAga6ZE4LQH0I3hJmb47gkNMsH3X3lnN63kGoE
COVID-19 information specifically developed for the trans and gender diverse community.

https://www.aconhealth.org.au/coronavirus_information_for_lgbtiq_communities_and_people_living_with_hiv
COVID-19 information specifically for LGBTIQ communities and people living with HIV. Includes information on medications including Prep and HIV treatments, safer sex, caring for immunosupressed people, and services avaliable.

QLife : 

CALL : 1800 184 527 

A phone & online support service for the LGBTIQ community. Operates 3pm to midnight daily.

SEX WORKERS

EMERGENCY SUPPORT FUND FOR SEX WORKERS IN AUSTRALIA
https://chuffed.org/project/emergency-support-sex-workers-australia
You can donate money on this page. You can also follow the provided links to apply for money if you are a sex worker who has been affected by Covid19 and need support because you have lost your income. In NSW sex work is decriminalized.  

SCARLET ALLIANCE
http://www.scarletalliance.org.au/COVID-19/

Scarlet Alliance are the national peak body of sex workers and sex worker organisations in Australia. They advocate for the health and safety, self-determination and human rights of sex workers. Their member organisations provide services, events, peer education, networking and other forms of support in each state and territory of Australia. Scarlet Alliance is a sex worker led community-driven organisation with over three decades experience in health promotion and sex worker rights.

AOD SERVICES

KIRKETON ROAD
https://www.seslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/services-clinics/directory/kirketon-road-centre
KRC caters to marginalized populations.This includes young people, people who sex work, people who inject drugs, people from LGBTI communities, Aboriginal people and people experiencing homelessness. They offer FREE HEALTHCARE including
A needle syringe program
An opioid substitution access program
Hep C treatment
HIV treatment
Housing assistance
Aboriginal health
Counselling services

Naloxone training and supply
Currently they offer FREE COVID TESTING

CALL
02 9360 2766



DISABILITY & CHRONIC PHYSICAL ILLNESS SUPPORTS


NATIONAL DISABILITY INFORMATION HELPLINE
CALL : 1800 643 787


IDEAS
https://www.ideas.org.au/covid-blogs/covid19-information-for-people-with-a-disability-start-here.html
Ideas is run by and for people with a disability. They have a dedicated page for COVID19 that covers information on the NDIS, financial issues, health, testing, FAQ pages and a comprehensive directory.
CALL : 1800 643 787



CARERS SUPPORT 

CARERS AUSTRALIA 
https://www.carersaustralia.com.au/coronavirus_information/
Carers Australia is the peak body representing unpaid carers. Their website contains
information, updates and links to supports for carers during COVID-19.

CALL : 1800 242 636

CARERS  NSW :
http://www.carersnsw.org.au/news-events/news
Provides information, education and support for carers, including carer support groups.
CALL : 02 9280 4744 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday).

CARER GATEWAY PHONE LINE : 
For carers wanting counselling, peer support and emergency respite.
CALL :
1800 422 737 (8am - 5pm Monday to Friday).


MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS


BEYOND BLUE :
https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/
Online mental health support, online community forums, tips, information, advice and strategies on managing during COVID-19, resources & trained counsellors you can call at any time.
CALL :
1800 512 348. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

REACH OUT :
https://au.reachout.com/collections/coping-during-coronavirus
Online mental health support. Includes a page on COVID-19 and community forums. ReachOut Forums are a supportive, safe and anonymous space where 14-25 yr olds can talk to peers who are experiencing similar struggles.
 

BLACK DOG INSTITUTE :
https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/coronavirus-anxiety-resources
Evidence based tools and resources to manage COVID-19 related stress, anxiety and mental health issues.

NSW MENTAL HEALTH LINE :
CALL : 1800 011 511 
M
ental health professionals answer your call about mental health concerns for you or someone you are concerned about, including children, teens, adults and older people.

eHEADSPACE : 
CALL : 1800 650 890, 9am-1am 7 days a week
Provides mental health and wellbeing support, information and services to young people aged 12 to 25 years and their families. 

LIFELINE : 
CALL :
13 11 14

KIDS HELPLINE : 
CALL :
1800 551 800 
24/7 helpline for young people aged 5-25 years

SUICIDE CALL BACK SERVICE :
CALL :
1300 659 467

MENSLINE AUSTRALIA :
CALL :
1300 78 99 78 
For men of any age

LOCAL DONATIONS

ADDISON RD FOOD PANTRY :
https://addiroad.org.au/donations/donate-now/
Provides low cost groceries and free food boxes to vulnerable community members

LOCAL VOLUNTEER OPTIONS

ADDISON RD FOOD PANTRY :
https://addiroad.org.au/volunteer/
Providing low cost groceries and free grocery boxes to vulnerable community members.

PRACTICAL SUPPORT - FOOD BOXES, VOUCHERS ETC.



ADDISON RD FOOD PANTRY :

https://addiroad.org.au/the-food-pantry/
The Food Pantry is a low cost, food rescue grocery shop located at Addison Road Community Centre in Marrickville. Anyone can buy low cost groceries from the Food Pantry.
$5 buys a small box, $10 buys a large box. Free delivery if you can not pick up.

ORDER HERE online. https://addiroad.org.au/buy-a-food-box/  


The Food Pantry has established
The Emergency Food Preparedness and Response Centre in response to COVID-19. Approximately 200 emergency relief boxes are made each day & given out to NGOs & charity groups to deliver to their most vulnerable & isolated community members  


Addison Rd Community Centre, Hut 1, 142 Addison Rd.
CALL :
9569 7633 for info about where you can get a free food box.
Open Mon - Fri 12pm - 4pm

ENERGY ACCOUNTS PAYMENT ASSISTANCE :

https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/energy-accounts-payment-assistance-eapa-scheme

$50 EAPA vouchers are available if you need help paying your household energy bills because of COVID-19.

FOOD BANK :

https://www.foodbank.org.au/covid-19-nswact/?state=nsw-act
Food Bank NSW and ACT are a centralized organization that connects you with emergency food relief in your local area.

CALL : (02) 9756 3099 They will connect you with one of their charity partners in your area where you can access free groceries.

ANGLICARE - FOOD AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE :

https://www.anglicare.org.au/what-we-offer/food-and-financial-assistance/


MUTUAL AID/ COMMUNITY GROUPS IN SYDNEY

COVID-19 INNER WEST MUTUAL AID :

https://www.facebook.com/groups/142634903715594/
Facebook group where you can post if you need support or can offer support.

Call/text : 0480 032 042 or email covid19innerwestsydney@gmail.com

INNER EAST SYDNEY COVID-19 COMMUNITY GROUP :
https://www.facebook.com/groups/innereastsydneycovid19/?hc_location=group
Facebook group for sharing resources and tips and posting if you need or can provide support in the Sydney inner East area.

LOVE IN THE TIME OF COVID :

https://www.facebook.com/groups/680463122494391/

Facebook group that is for sharing and/or seeking resources to help ease the hardships of self isolation, supply shortages and other impacts of COVID-19 measures.


SYDNEY COVID-19 MUTUAL AID NETWORK ;
https://www.facebook.com/groups/205299920727385
This is a group connecting Sydney residents during the COVID-19 crisis, allowing them to offer and receive help and resources, check in on each other, and create a reliable local network of support, especially for the elderly and immunocompromised.

OTHER SUPPORT & INFORMATION HELPLINES

NATIONAL CORONA HOTLINE : 

CALL : 1800 020 080
Call this line if you are seeking information on COVID-19.
The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


TRANSLATING AND INTERPRETING SERVICE (TIS National) :
www.tisnational.gov.au
TIS National :
131 450
This is for people who do not speak English and for agencies and businesses that need to communicate with their non-English speaking clients.

1800 RESPECT :
CALL : 1800 737 732
24 hour Australian domestic violence helpline.

NSW RAPE CRISIS :
CALL :
1800 424 017
A 24/7 phone and online support service.

SEXUAL ASSAULT COOUNSELLING AUSTRALIA :
CALL :
1800 211 028