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COVID-19 Guidance

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We are regularly updating our info for carers.

Vaccine rollout plan: Progress is underway for the COVID-19 | KOWHEORI-19 vaccine rollout plan.

The NZ Government, together with the Ministry of Health and Unite Against Covid-19, have released an infosheet, Covid-19 vaccine: your questions answered. Download a copy here.

Here’s some general information to find out when you are likely to be able to receive the vaccine. Or if you’re 16 or over, use this tool to find out if you’re in Group 1, 2, 3, or 4, which will then determine the time frame for when you are able to receive the vaccine.

These dates are estimates — the actual start times will depend on when vaccines are delivered. Changes may also happen if new information comes to hand, which affects how the rollout will work.

Trans-Tasman travel: The ‘travel bubble’ between New Zealand and Australia is opening up. Here’s some info on what to do before you travel, what happens while you’re travelling, and how to keep yourself and others safe.

Carer Support and Individualised Funding (IF)

The Disability Directorate of the Ministry of Health will continue flexibility of carer support and individualised funding for eligible people from 1 March 2021.

Carer Support is a subsidy to support full-time carers of disabled people to have a break (respite) from their caring responsibilities. Individualised Funding allows disabled people to directly manage their supports (personal cares, home management and respite).

This flexibility means that people can continue to buy the support appropriate for them within guidelines, instead of being limited by the rules on what support funding can be used for.  You can find the guidelines of what you can buy here. What People Can Buy with Disability Funding: Ministry of Health NZ | Purchasing Guidelines.

Please email customerservice@health.govt.nz or phone 0800 855 066 option 4 if you have any questions.

PPE information from the Ministry of Health: What’s important for you to know about PPE.

Information on masks has been updated. Please check our COVID-19 Guidance page for current guidelines around face coverings. Carers NZ recommends wearing a face covering in situations where applicable, to protect yourself and others. However we also understand that this isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ issue: carers or the person(s) they are caring for, may have good reasons for not wearing a mask. The Ministry of Health has provided exemption cards which you can download and print here.

Wellbeing WOF: Check yourself out

Give yourself the once over! Use Katharine Findlays’ warrant of fitness checklist to help you and your loved ones stay healthy through the year.

CALM – Computer Assisted Learning for the Mind

The University of Auckland have created CALM.

A website which can be used as a motivational tool for students struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, relationships and other factors that can contribute to poor study practices.

ActiveWellness: Winter … A Time For Home!

Cold winter weather can mean boredom, depression and rising tension in the home.

So it makes good sense to make plans for winter, not just for activities that can be shared by everyone in the household, but plans to take care of yourself. By Katherine Findlay

Life Coach: Fresh Start!

After months of depression and doubt following his heart bypass surgery, Richard Blakeborough had no illusions: things had to change! Getting the feeling again Barry Manilow may have been onto…

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Hearing Voices: Information for Voice Hearers and their Supporters

Hearing voices is more common than people think; it is in fact a normal but unusual experience. However, it can be a frightening experience for both the hearer and family…

Research: The State of Caregiving (UK) 2013

This research from Carers UK indicates that one in three full-time carers get no practical support. Launched to coincide with its landmark policy conference, the State of Caring 2013 report…

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