Office Hours (except school holidays and public holidays):
Monday: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Tuesday: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Wednesday: 9.00am – 1.00pm
Thursday: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Friday: 9.00am – 1.00pm
Kerrie Neighbourhood House Staff and Volunteers provide information and referral support to local residents. For assistance, please feel free to pop into the House, during office hours, for a cuppa and chat, or give us a call on 03) 9887 6226
Please see the City of Monash’s website about face coverings, along with a couple of links to how-to videos to make your own mask.
Here is a link to a collection of translated YouTube videos about face coverings and masks.
Vision Initiative Australia are running a FREE Webinar session for Seniors on Eye Health, Scheduled for Wednesday 16 December @ 1pm.
Please see here for the registration link.
Please find information on Wavecare’s free telehealth service for people who are socially isolated at present during COVID-19. Wavecare have trained volunteers and social work students who aim to offer assistance to people who need it at the moment. There is no fee for this service. This service is currently delivered in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi, Punjab, Nepalese, Vietnamese, Singa and Thai.
Grass pollen season brings a seasonal increase in asthma and hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis). It also brings the chance of epidemic thunderstorm asthma. Thunderstorm asthma can affect those with asthma or seasonal hay fever. Having both asthma and seasonal hay fever and poorly managed asthma increases the risk further.
- Community information is available on the Better Health Channel: www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/
- Additional resources are available for the general community, including sports and recreation groups, schools and workplaces from Asthma Australia: https://asthma.org.au/
- The Australian Asthma Handbook and a dedicated information paper on thunderstorm asthma are available from the National Asthma Council website: https://www.nationalasthma.
Since March, when the coronavirus pandemic was declared, Monash Council has been actively involved in supporting the community in various ways. Now that restrictions are lifting and we’re moving towards a “COVID Normal”, Monash Council is planning how best to support our local community to address the many impacts of COVID-19.
Monash Council is seeking community feedback through the COVID-19 Community Recovery Plan Survey. They want to hear about your experiences during the pandemic and to understand what you think is important for Council to consider, as we start to open up and re-connect with each other.
Complete the online survey on the Shape Monash website: https://shape.monash.vic.gov.au/covid-19-recovery-plan
The survey will be open until 5pm, Friday 11 December 2020
This is a comprehensive but simple to complete survey. It should take you around 15 minutes online. Printed copies of the survey are available through Council if you prefer to complete the survey this way. Council is also able to provide the survey in alternative formats (including translated into languages other than English) and they’re happy to provide additional support to anyone who needs assistance to complete the survey for any reason.
Councils are legislated to produce a COVID-19 Community Recovery Plan which considers people’s social & emotional wellbeing, community safety & security, the natural & built environments and the local economy. Feedback received through this consultation process will also be used to inform the next Council Plan, Health & Wellbeing Plan and our 10-year Community Vision.
‘My Body. My Health.’ is a series of five educational presentations to help organisations deliver health information to women from migrant and refugee backgrounds.
The presentations were developed with the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health, and involved consultation and collaboration with service providers, clinicians, women from migrant and refugee communities, and multicultural health organisations.
Southern Melbourne Primary Care Partnership have been working on a video featuring positive ageing in Chinese with English subtitles. Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/OSaq8othnfo.
Dance Up! Australia – Explore the world of dance.
Dance Up! Australia provides a wonderful opportunity to join in learning and sharing cultural dances, meet new friends and enjoy the benefits of movement and dance.
Information for people in need of assistance;
To be eligible for the Extreme Hardship Support Program a person must:
- live in Victoria, and
- be unable to access Commonwealth income support (such as JobKeeper or JobSeeker) or the Victorian International Student Emergency Relief Fund, and
- have zero or very limited income, savings or community support
- be a temporary or provisional visa holder, or an undocumented migrant.
To apply for emergency financial assistance go to www.redcross.org.au/
Community members can also call a dedicated phone line on 1800 855 240.
Please find below information relating to the recently announced Business Support Programs
Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund – help for small private landlords experiencing financial hardship. Eligible landlords can receive up to $3,000 per tenancy.
Business Support Fund 3 – grants of $10,000, $15,000 and $20,000 (depending on annual payroll) available for eligible businesses that must stay closed or operate under restrictions until COVID Normal.
The links contain translated factsheets, web copy and social media content in Arabic, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Hindi, Punjabi and Vietnamese.
Media release from Fronditha about Elder Abuse Awareness in English and Greek
Media release about the long-awaited headspace service opening in Monash in October 2020. This is great news for young people, their families and the broader community.
Contact numbers for Mental Health Services
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
- Mensline Australia 1300 789 978
- Kids Help Line 1800 551 800
- For help and support with family violence, visit safesteps.org.au or call Safesteps 24/7 on 1800 015 188