Health and Wellbeing Response to COVID-19

Brimbank Council is responding to the health and wellbeing of the community and providing increased services to vulnerable residents feeling the impacts of the coronavirus crisis.

Brimbank Mayor, Cr Georgina Papafotiou said the COVID-19 pandemic is the most serious and pressing public health, social and economic issue facing the local community.

‘The severity of the pandemic is the reason Council has implemented a Coronavirus COVID-19 Response and Recovery Strategy to help combat the spread of the virus and limit impacts on the local community, businesses, and cultural and sporting groups.

‘The Strategy includes five key Response Pillars and one is a Health and Wellbeing Response.

‘The Strategy is an early response to the COVID-19 pandemic - an unprecedented public health, social and economic crisis across the world. The health, wellbeing and economic welfare of our residents and staff has remained, and continues to remain, the first priority of Brimbank City Council.

‘Brimbank already experiences a number of significant socio-economic challenges, and is particularly vulnerable to both the health and economic effects of an ongoing and prolonged COVID-19 pandemic.

‘We are engaging and coordinating with local and regional services and stakeholders, including health, wellbeing, family violence, drug and alcohol, social justice, asylum seeker and other social services.

‘The health, wellbeing and social ramifications of COVID-19 are also being considered by Council in terms of how our services and programs can complement those of the Federal and State governments, and non-government sector.

‘Council has put in place a number of unprecedented measures to protect the health and wellbeing of staff and the community during this time of social distancing and restrictions, under some very challenging and rapidly changing circumstances,’ Cr Papafotiou said.

Some key health and wellbeing actions and initiatives include:

  • Significant numbers of Council events have been either cancelled or postponed.
  • Facilities such as the Sunshine & St Albans Leisure Centres, Keilor Basketball and Netball Stadium, Council Libraries and neighbourhood houses, the Bowery Theatre, St Albans Community Centre, Sunshine Art Space Gallery, Keilor Community Hub, and Brimbank Learning Futures closed to the public until further notice.
  • Sports facilities are closed and sports clubs are not operating.
  • Customer Service Centres have closed and now operate online and by phone.
  • Changes to maternal and child health to a phone based service with some face to face appointments.
  • Social Support groups for older people and Council-run seniors groups as well as all hiring of Council facilities have ceased due to the high risk for these members of our community.
  • Expanding Council’s Community Care services including the Brimbank Community Register - vulnerable community members can register for Council staff to check on their wellbeing and identify issues of concern and Meals on Wheels Programs- including 1,500 additional meals over this initial response phase.
  • People can also register to receive a regular phone call from Council staff who check in on their welfare and can link them to useful support and information.
  • Introduction of the ‘Brimbank Library to your Door’ service.
  • Developing Social Wellbeing and Connection Resources for service providers, Council staff and residents including learning, early childhood, health, sport, creative and environment resources.

It’s also been a priority for Council to strike a balance and ensure essential services such as garbage and recycling collections, roads and cleansing, parks maintenance and more continue in a safe and responsible manner, and supports are in place for the elderly and more vulnerable in our community.

The first stage of the Strategy focuses on short term relief and direct support measures, while Stage 2 focuses on recovery and rebuilding.

For more information on Council’s Coronavirus Response & Recovery Strategy please visit https://www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/COVID19ResponseStrategy.