As you may be aware, the Victorian Government has announced COVID-19 restrictions for all local government areas within metropolitan Melbourne, plus the local government area of Mitchell Shire, effective from 11.59pm Wednesday, July 8.
Under these restrictions, residents of these local government areas are only permitted to leave their place of residence for shopping for food and supplies, care and caregiving, exercise, and study or work.
This means residents of these local government areas are currently not permitted to visit any Vision Australia location. Vision Australia is also unable to provide residents of these local government areas with face to face appointments at their home, in the community or any other location.
The Victorian Government has said restrictions will stay in place for at least six weeks, but are open to review. Vision Australia will continue to follow the advice of health authorities through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Accessing Vision Australia services
During this period, you can still access a wide range of Vision Australia services and products.
All Vision Australia services are available via telehealth appointments. Please call 1300 84 74 66 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about arranging a telehealth appointment.
You can find out more about telehealth services on our website and Vision Australia can provide free support to help you get ready for telehealth.
You can also access the Vision Store and make purchases online at shop.visionaustralia.org or via phone on 1300 84 74 66 from Monday to Friday 8.30am to 7pm.
The Vision Australia Library, Vision Australia Radio, Telelink and Quality Living Groups are also all still available to you. Visit visionaustralia.org for more information.
For further information about these restrictions, please visit the Department of Health and Human Services’ website.
If you are concerned that you may have COVID-19, or come in close contact with somebody who does, you should call the Department of Health and Human Services’ 24/7 COVID-19 hotline on 1800 67 53 98.
The Disability Information Helpline is also available on 1800 643 787 and can support you to find and access COVID-19 information and supports.
We understand this is a challenging time for everybody. Vision Australia will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and update you around any further changes.
If you would like any more information about Vision Australia at this time, please call us on 1300 84 74 66.
General Manager Client Services