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Due to the rapidly changing circumstances around coronavirus, ECCV will be sending the NDIS Readiness Newsletter every fortnight to keep you updated. 
  • If you suspect you may have the Coronavirus disease call the dedicated DHHS hotline on 1800 675 398. If you are a NDIS participant you can also call the national hotline on 1800 020 080.    
  • Information and referrals for people with disability and their supporters about Coronavirus: Contact the Disability Information Helpline on 1800 634 787.
  • If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can also call the National Relay Service on 133 677.
Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

If you need an interpreter, please call 131 450 first.
Latest updates and information on Coronavirus:
Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services
Australian Government Department of Health - Coronavirus advice for people with disability

NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission
National Disability Insurance Scheme - Information about changes to how the NDIS works during the COVID-19 pandemic in 12 languages.  

Coronavirus: DHHS advice and information available in 49 languages

Health Translations -  A comprehensive place to find current COVID-19 multilingual information in 70 languages including Auslan and Easy English. 
SBS news and information about coronavirus (COVID-19) available in 63 languages

MyAusCovid-19 app: Multilingual resource application produced by Migration Council Australia (MCA) for Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities about COVID-19, its impact and available support. 

Coronavirus AUSLAN updates: Expression Australia 
Blind Citizens Australia: Information on coronavirus for people who are blind or vision impaired
Coronavirus Easy English Guides
Looking after your mental health: Comprehensive list of information and resources to support those affected.

NDIS Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and support
Please check this page regularly for the latest information on the response to coronavirus (COVID-19).
ECCV Disability Self Advocacy Training 
Limited places available!

ECCV and the Diversity and Disability program (DnD) at the Migrant Resource Centre North West will facilitate a free online disability self advocacy training for ethnic people with disability.

The training will be an interactive session including a live Q+A covering the following topics: 

  • What is Self Advocacy? 

  • What are Human Rights? 

  • What is Discrimination? 

  • Culture and Disability in Australia?  

We will also be announcing an exciting employment opportunity with ECCV at the end of the training! 

When: 26 May, 11am - 12pm

Registration and further information:
Contact Hanaa Grave by 25 May. 
E: or M: 0467 305 998 

Multilingual information on mental health and wellbeing

Mental health and illness is complex and diverse. It is even harder to understand when it’s not explained in your own language.

Embrace Multicultural Mental Health has translated resources into a range of languages for those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to access.

More information

The NDIS Utilisation Project - Victoria 

The University of Melbourne is working on a study to explore why the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plan use varies across NDIS participants in Victoria.

This study wants to hear DIRECTLY from NDIS participants about how you use your plans and any barriers that might exist to access services or supports. 

Who can participate and what is involved?
  • You are aged over 18 years-old and are an NDIS participant OR a plan nominee for an NDIS participant
  • Chat with a researcher for 60 – 90 minutes and receive a $100 Visa debit card
  • Interpreters available if required
To find out more contact: Mediya Rangi or 0439695602

AMES Australia hosted a webinar on NDIS: Roll out or miss out? How to support and engage people with disabilities from CALD backgrounds.

Recordings of the webinar are available to download from the Zoom website by clicking on the following links:

·         Shared screen with speaker view—mp4 video file, approx. 67 MB

·         Audio only—m4a audio file, approx. 24 MB

Please note the password to access these files is AMESCALD20! 

Presenters: Tessa Hughes from AMES Australia and Janet Curtain from Power in Culture and Ethnicity (PCE)

CEH - Webinar Series

CEH is offering a free webinar series that will give you practical tips to address health literacy & cultural competence at a worker & organisational level.

Upcoming webinars


Psychosocial Learning Hub
Apply now!

Mental Health Victoria is offering a free micro-learning and development program for NDIS workers supporting people with psychosocial disability, and their supervisors.

The learning program includes bite-sized mobile learning, learning on the job, learning with each other and with supervisors, as well as learning and reflecting on your own. No face-to-face participation is required.

Apply for yourself and/or multiple team members by 1 June 2020. 
Telehealth -
Information for patients and clients
Free online support worker training

Disability Services Consulting (DSC) is offering a free online training for support workers. The training covers:
-Supporting people to take medication 
- Supporting choice & control
- Supporting people to stay infection free
- Supporting people at mealtimes
- Supporting people to communicate
- Supporting people to move and other manual handling

More information
YDAS emerging young leaders program

The Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) is offering a free online leadership program for young Victorians who identify as having a disability, being Deaf, neuro-diverse and/or having lived experience of mental health issues.

- Grow your leadership and advocacy skills.
-Gain confidence working in a team.
-Get opportunities for jobs, volunteering, and other ways to continue.

The leadership program is running in July 2020 and applications are open now!

More information 

Support for Carers

A consortium of Victorian health providers is offering free, early intervention support under the brand Carer Gateway, in an effort to avoid carers reaching a crisis point.

Carers are able to access:
over-the-phone and in-person support such as coaching, counselling, peer support, information and advice. Online groups and courses, and crisis and emergency support are also be available.

More information

Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities'  (ADEC) - NDIS Transition Support Team operating

  • Understanding and applying for the NDIS
  • NDIS pre-planning
  • Attending NDIS planning meetings and supporting you to advocate for your needs
  • Helping you to understand your plan and implementing it 
  • Plan reviews
This service is FREE of charge and interpreters can be arranged. 

This service will be provided via phone and E-Mail until further notice. 
Contact: P: (03) 9480 7000- option 2

MOIRA Virtual Art Group for Carers
New program supported by the Victorian Government

The Moira carer art group provides carers the opportunity to connect with others and gain support through art, guided by a qualified art therapist. This group is open to residents of the following LGA’s:
Frankston City Council Mornington Peninsula Shire City of Greater Dandenong City of Bayside City of Glen Eira Kingston City Council

11am to 12pm on Zoom
Dates: Each Friday from 15th May to 5th June 2020

To register: email



Funded by the Victorian State Government and the Department of Health and Human Services through the Victorian Disability Advocacy Futures Grants Program and the NDIS Transition Support Package.

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