COVID-19

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If you are looking for specific up-to-date information or advice about Coronavirus (COVID-19) visit the Victorian Government Coronavirus Website. It is regularly updated and provides the latest information on:

Living and Working in Victoria

Managing the virus

Community Support

Targeted Care & Support  

News & Alerts

Business & Workplace Assistance & Resources


When to get tested? 

Even if they are only mild, get tested if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Fever, chills or sweats
  • Cough or sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste

Some people may also experience headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.

If you have any of these symptoms, however mild, you should seek advice and get tested. To get further advice, call the 24-hour coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398 or your doctor.

Why get tested?

  • The coronavirus (COVID-19) test is free for everyone
  • The testing clinic does not need to know your visa status
  • If you are worried about losing income while you wait for your test results, you may be eligible for a $450 payment
  • If you test positive or are a close contact of a confirmed case, you may be eligible for a $1,500 payment
  • Call the Coronavirus hotline if you require more information on 1800 675 398. If you require an interpreter, call TIS National on 131 450.  

Where to get tested?

Testing sites have been set up at various locations in and near Brimbank. Sites and hours of operation can change. Please visit Where to get tested for the latest information.

Testing locations in Brimbank in:

  • St Albans Campus Victoria University - (Outdoor carpark, McKechnie Street, St Albans)
    Children under 5 years old not suitable for testing at this site. Children of all ages can be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) at hospital respiratory clinics and GP respiratory clinics.
    Drive-through clinic: Monday to Sunday 9am-5pm
  • Sunshine West Community Centre (25 Kermeen Street, Sunshine West)
    Drive-through & Walk-in clinic:  Monday to Friday 8am-3.30pm; (Closed Saturdays & Sundays)
  • Deer Park IPC Health (106 Station Street, Deer Park)
    Drive through clinic: Monday to Friday 8am-3.30pm
  • Sunshine Hospital - Western Health (176 Furlong Road, St Albans)
    Last entry for testing at this site will be 15 minutes before closing time. Children 3 years and over only. Younger children can be tested in the Emergency Department.
    Walk-in testing: Monday to Sunday 10am-5.30pm
  • St Albans Australian Clinical Labs (ACL) (309 Main Rd E, St Albans) NOTE: GP Referral Required
    Visit your doctor first to get pathology request forms before going to this testing site
    Walk-in testing: Monday to Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday 8am-1pm
  • 4cyte Pathology Sunshine (14 Hertford Rd, Sunshine) 
    Drive-through testing: Monday to Friday 8am-5pm; Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm

Call-to-Test Service

The Call-to-Test service is available to vulnerable Victorians to get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) at home with a qualified health clinician. The service will provide access for people who cannot leave home due to injury, mobility or other eligible reasons.

Access to the Call-to-Test service will be available for those who have symptoms and

  • Have an injury, chronic health issue, frailty affecting mobility
  • Have moderate to severe physical or psychological disability
  • Care for a person with moderate to severe disability

More information at Call-to-Test.


For the latest information on the COVID-19 Vaccination program visit: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccine


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If you have loved ones, friends or neighbours that need information in a language other than English about coronavirus, getting tested, stopping the spread, and the Government’s restrictions around numbers of people gathering together, translated resources can be found at:

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION IN 53 LANGUAGES

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION IN 62 LANGUAGES - AUDIO ONLY


What the City of Brimbank is doing

Council’s Coronavirus Response & Recovery Strategy

Almost a year oResponse and Recovery Strategy Booklet covern we have seen substantial health, economic and social impacts on our municipality, as well as innovation, adaptation and collaboration. Strict and changing restrictions aimed at alleviating the spread of COVID-19 have disrupted Brimbank businesses and communities but also highlighted the resilience and strength within our diverse municipality. In developing this Strategy, Council accessed information from many sources. A continuous process of consultation adopted multiple methods of engagement with residents, partner organisations, the state government and the business sector, seeking advice to assist Council in understanding community and business recovery needs.

The Stage 2 Brimbank Response and Recovery Strategy outlines how Council can assist our local businesses, residents and visitors to overcome obstacles and build on strengths as we continue to recover, rebuild and adjust to a “COVID normal’ through five revised pillars.

This is a whole-of-council Strategy that is designed to ensure that Council resources, programs, and initiatives continue to assist in responding to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. It works to mobilise the pride, diversity and support that exist in Brimbank to strengthen community recovery.


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19 Point Action Plan for COVID-19 Recovery and Response

 

Brimbank's 19 Point Action Plan for COVID-19 Recovery and Response provides the Federal Government, State Government and non-government entities with a starting point and a pathway to partner with Council to help our community respond to the health, wellbeing and economic consequences of a prolonged and evolving pandemic.

 

 


 

Community Impact Analysis

Brimbank's Community Impact Analysis has been undertaken to better understand the economic effects and impacts of COVID-19 on Brimbank businesses and the community. It looks to the future on how we can listen and work in partnership to strengthen and rebuild services, guided by emerging needs.

 


Finding ways to ease the financial pressure during COVID-19

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak is causing economic disruption in many sectors including retail, tourism and hospitality, education, property, manufacturing and supply chains.

If your business is being affected, there is Council information, support, and resources available that can be found here.

    Support Services

    We understand community members are being impacted by COVID-19 in different ways.

    Visit our COVID-19 Support Services page for a list of emergency relief resources available to Brimbank community members.

    Other Assistance Available 

    • The Australian Red Cross understands that many people have been impacted by COVID-19, and that you may need some financial relief to meet your most urgent needs. For financial relief to meet urgent needs during the COVID-19 pandemic visit The Australian Red Cross' Emergency relief support page.

     

    Additional Resources
    World Health Organization (WHO)

    Stay up to date with the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic, direct from the World Health Organization. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others.

    Mental Health Support Services

    Contact your local doctor to make an appointment.  It is safe to visit your General Practitioner to discuss your mental health and options for ongoing support.
     

    Kids Helpline
    1800 551 800

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    Children and young people can access this free, confidential support line 24/7

    Lifeline

    13 11 14

     

    24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention line
    lifeline.org.au    

    Suicide Call Back Service

    1300 659 467

    24/7 suicide prevention support

    suicidecallbackservice.org.au

     

    Beyond Blue

    1300 22 4636

     

    Support and advice
    beyondblue.org.au

    Languages other than English

     

    Black Dog Institute

    Mental health advice
    blackdoginstitute.org.au

     

    Headspace

    1800 650 890

    Online and telephone service supporting young people and their families
    headspace.org.au

    Parentline Victoria

    132 289

    8am - 12am - 7 days

    Telephone service for parents and carers of children from birth to 18 years old. Counselling and support on parenting issues.

    Head to Health

    Digital mental health services
    headtohealth.gov.au

    GriefLine
    1300 845 745

    Grief, loss and trauma support
    griefline.org.au

    Mensline Australia

    1300 78 99 78

    Counselling service for men with emotional health and relationship concerns
    mensline.org.au

    Psychiatric Triage
    1300 363 746

     

    Information, assessment and referral provided for a mental health crisis

    Suicide Line Victoria
    1300 651 251

    A free 24/7 telephone counselling service for people at risk of suicide