DPV Health and the HWPCP have partnered with local community leaders Whittlesea Community Connections and Banksia Gardens to keep the community informed on COVID-19 and to ensure you are receiving your information from reputable sources. By working together and combining our resources we are proud to share with you the COVID-19 Community Resources – two Posters and an Information Sheet available in Plain English and 7 community languages. These resources are for service partners to use and circulate to our local communities. Put simply – by working and sharing our learnings and knowledge together we can directly assist our community during these deeply uncertain times.
In addition, it is important to acknowledge that we are going through this together and that many in the Cities of Hume and Whittlesea are facing a very tough time. These COVID-19 Community Resources are one practical way by which DPV Health, in partnership with the HWPCP, Whittlesea Community Connections and Banksia Gardens can help in bringing these important updates together and work alongside other local health experts and community leaders for the benefit of clients, staff and the community. Together we are committed to slowing the spread of COVID-19.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information – Click below to Download PDF
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Get The Facts Poster – Click below to Download PDF
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Kindness & Respect Poster – Click below to Download PDF
Physical distancing does not mean you’re alone.
There are many changes that are taking place in our lives and society at the moment due to the Coronavirus/ COVID-19. It is a difficult time for many families within our community, causing a lot of stress, anxiety and hardship.
Physical or social distancing in the time of Coronavirus, means more time at home, concerns about employment, less access to the things we like to do and impacts on mental health. There may also be increased pressure on families and relationships.
Evidence has shown that in times of stress, anxiety and uncertainty, the risk of gender-based violence and family violence tends to increase significantly, especially in relationships where violence is already occurring. During these unsettling times, DPV Health wants to ensure our community continues to feel safe and supported.
If you are feeling isolated, stressed or experiencing family violence, remember that help is at hand. Listed below are a number of services you can reach out to during this difficult time.
General Support and Information:
WIRE (Women’s Information and Referral): 1300 134 130
Victims Assistance and Counselling Program: 1800 819 817
Mental Health Services:
DPV Health (Counselling, Social work & Psychology team): 1300 234 263 for an appointment (8:30 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday). Telephone counselling is available.
Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
Headspace: 1800 650 890
Lifeline (24-hour Crisis Line): 131 114
Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800
Uniting Kildonon: 1800 002 992
Relationships Australia: 1300 364 277
Violence against Women and Children Referrals:
1800 Respect National Helpline: 1800 737 732
Safe Steps Crisis Line: 1800 015 188
Orange Door (North East Metropolitan Area): 1800 319 355
Northern Centre against Sexual Assault (NCASA): 1800 806 292
Elizabeth Morgan House Aboriginal Women’s Service: 9482 5744
Dijrra: 1800 105 303
Child Protection: 13 12 78
Men’s Referral Service: 1300 766 491
DPV Health Men’s Behaviour Change Program: 1300 234 623
DPV Health Men’s Case Management: 1300 234 623
With Respect: 1800 LGBTIQ (1800 542 847)
Gay and Lesbian Switchboard (Vic.): 9663 2939
Thorne Harbour Health: 9865 6700
If you need an interpreter, please call Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) on 13 14 50.
Let’s all take care of our physical and mental health during these challenging times. Now more than ever, let us show care, kindness and support within our own families and our communities.