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Adapting to the New Normal

All around Australia there is cause to be optimistic as that often mentioned curve continues to trend downwards and restrictions are gradually eased. We share that optimism, while also maintaining our focus on virus prevention measures.

COVID-Safe Planning

We have begun discussing our COVID-Safe Plan and will be going forward with slow and steady steps. The plan will involve continued close attention to the advice of State and Federal Health authorities, social distancing and infection control, as well as considering which groups of employees could benefit from further training.

Considerable efforts have been put into sourcing additional PPE, which has been affected by a worldwide shortage. We have continued to increase our PPE stockpiles in each region where we operate that we can draw on as needed. We will also be introducing infrared thermometers for contactless temperature checks, another way we are working to keep homes and workplaces safe.

We will continue to keep you updated as we progress in our COVID-Safe planning.

Looking Back, Looking Forward

There is no doubt the last couple of months have been challenging, as we all learnt to adapt to the government health restrictions to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

The coronavirus outbreaks in the North West of Tasmania and in Sunshine, Victoria, have been particularly challenging as a number of our employees and clients have been required to self-isolate for two weeks. I have been really impressed by the resilience of those affected and how they have risen to the various challenges to ensure continuity of supports.

I am happy to report that despite the outbreaks, we still have no positive COVID-19 cases among people we support or Possability employees at work. Employees and clients are adapting well to the restrictions and in a number of cases changes in support arrangements.

During this time we have seen innovation blossom; something we will continue to support and develop across our organisation. Staying safe at home doesn’t have to mean isolation in every way—these creative ideas injected some much-needed fun to keep minds and bodies active and engaged.

Examples include:

  • The development of We Create, an online activities program broadcast live on PossabiliTV.
  • A much-anticipated camping trip for some Ararat residents was relocated to their backyard and a great time was had by all.
  • People have been supported to connect with families and friends using online platforms such as Zoom and FaceTime.

If you have any questions, I recommend that you check out our dedicated coronavirus information page and please do not hesitate to speak to your Possability representative or supervisor.

Thank you for your ongoing support and do let us know if you have any questions or need additional support.

Drew Beswick

CEO, Possability Group