Thursday 4 March 2021
Dear sector colleagues,
On Monday 8 March 2021, South Australians will join with people across the world to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD). The global event is an opportunity to recognise the achievements of women and to encourage all members of the community to continue to strive for equality.
The past 12 months have been like no other, with South Australian women demonstrating exceptional leadership while serving the community on the frontline of a global health crisis.
This year, the UN Women theme for IWD is ‘Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world’. It celebrates the extraordinary efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the pandemic. The theme also calls for women’s rights to decision-making in all aspects of life – from equal pay and sharing of unpaid care or domestic work, through to an end of all forms of violence against women and girls.
In South Australia, the Office for Women continues to work towards gender equity and positive change for women, including through the Committed to Safety Framework to address domestic, family and sexual violence in the state.
You can learn more about these initiatives, and hear from inspiring South Australian women on what IWD means to them, by following the Office for Women (Women’s Information Service) on Facebook or Office for Women on Twitter.
Last Thursday, the Department of Human Services and SA Health provided an update on the COVID-19 vaccination rollout across the residential aged care and disability sector (YouTube 1 hour).
We have compiled a number of useful resources that were highlighted during the update and they are available in this newsletter. If you have any questions about the vaccination rollout, please email us at DHSCOVIDResponse@sa.gov.au.
The Commonwealth Department of Health (DoH) will be holding a webinar for disability providers and peak bodies today (4 March 2021), from 3.00pm – 4.00pm, to provide information on Phase 1a COVID-19 vaccine rollout to the disability sector.
This webinar will be chaired by Professor Michael Kidd AM, with other panellists: Ms Lisa Peterson (DoH, Assistant Secretary, Aged Care and Disability - Vaccine Taskforce), Dr Jeffrey Chan (Senior Practitioner, NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission) and Mr Eric Thauvette (CEO, Hartley Life Care).
Tune in and ask questions! The webinar will be Auslan interpreted and will be published on the DoH website.
Finally, I wish to acknowledge and thank Home and Community Care (HACC) providers in South Australia that are currently transitioning clients to make way for the new Community Connections program beginning on 1 May 2021. DHS is here to support providers through this process. Our HACC transition team will be in contact with each affected organisation.
If you would like to contact our HACC transition team, please email CommunityConnections@sa.gov.au
Ngaityalya (Kaurna: thank you)