What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. COVID-19 is now a pandemic affecting many countries globally.

What is CDDH doing to support people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities during this critical time?

CDDH has developed a resource package to promote access to telehealth, provide further information on overall health maintenance – including physical and mental, provide further resources and contacts so people can be better informed and know where to seek further information. The package provides a general overview of known areas of concern for people with intellectual and/or developmental disability, workers and their supports. They have been designed to be used independent of, or as an additional support to telehealth.

Fact sheets include;

  • Telehealth: what is telehealth; how do you prepare for a telehealth appointment; costs involved and further information
  • Behaviour Support: what is behaviour support; behaviour charts; behaviour support plans and further information
  • Accessing services: which services can support you; support for carers; support around COVID-19 and further information
  • Keeping active: exercise and activities; staying safe; additional supports and further information
  • Healthy lifestyle: what is a healthy lifestyle; medical supports that you can seek and further information
  • Eating well: what is a balanced diet; medical supports that you can seek and further information
  • Carer support: information and further support for both paid carers, family members and volunteers
  • Wearing a mask: information on the requirements for wearing a mask


To access the fact sheets, click on the relevant button below.



COVID-19 Health Professionals Disability Advisory Service

This telephone service is available to health professionals responsible for the medical care of people with a disability diagnosed with COVID-19 or experiencing symptoms. It is available 8am to 9pm (AEST) Monday to Friday on 1800 131 330. At this stage, it is operational until 17 November 2020.

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