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COVID-19 UPDATE

Update #3: COVID-19

23/03/2020

As Australia responds to the challenges of COVID-19, staying active has never been more important. Whether it’s working remotely, keeping in touch with friends and family, or other changes to your lifestyle, we know how it is difficult to maintain an active and healthy routine right now.

So that is why we are focusing our priorities on the health and well-being of our members to keep everyone in our community as active as possible.  I’d like to share with you some of the initiatives we have implemented to support you and your community at this time.


Update on our Health and Fitness Centre

Sporting Wheelies moved quickly to keep our members safe by closing our Health and Fitness Centre on Monday 16 March.  This was well before today’s mandatory closure of gyms in Australia.  Since then, our team of experienced exercise physiologists have been working hard to keep our members active with daily exercise videos on Facebook to encourage home activity and development of an innovative and effective Telepractice Exercise Physiology program.  If you are interested in accessing our Telepractice program, which can be funded through NDIS, please contact us to arrange a consultation on ph: 3253 3333.


Update on our Sports Programs

On Monday 16 March we also paused our sports programs for two weeks.  Sadly, this will now need to be extended until it is deemed safe to recommence.  In the meantime, our Sport and Recreation team have been hard at work encouraging members to share photos and videos on social media about how they are training and staying active to continue to improve their skills.  We have been securing access to specialised equipment for our members in Townsville, Mackay, Fraser Coast and Brisbane to allow them to continue individual training. We will also continue training sessions for athletes preparing for the Tokyo Paralympics where possible in safe environments with limited risk to exposure or transmission.


Business as usual (sort of)

We are currently implementing new systems to ensure all our office-based employees are able to work from home, including our contact centre team so we can keep working and stay connected with our supporters and members.

We will also utilise our team to set up a regular “Care Call” phone call to members across Queensland to check-in during this period of isolation.  If needed, we will connect our members to appropriate support services should they need assistance coping with the changes to daily life and access to necessary care and support.

We, like mAny other organisations out there, will be greatly impacted by such an unprecedented change in the sector in which we operate.  This will have a significant impact on our fundraising efforts through our lottery and donations which makes up 80% of our income, so we need your support now more than ever. 

We are determined to ensure our members and staff are safe and supported in this changing environment and we are equally determined to still be here when this crisis is over so we can keep changing people’s lives for the better through sport and physical activity.

As this unprecedented situation is evolving rapidly, we are committed to doing our very best to support you and communicate regularly.  We hope you and your family stay safe and well throughout this uncertain time.


Amanda
CEO

Update #2: COVID-19

16/03/2020

The Association is committed to providing regular, proactive and timely updates to our members, staff and stakeholders, in response to information released by the Australian Government – Department of Health, regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Australia and across the world. The information in this Update replaces any information previously provided.

Due to the difficulty in limiting exposure to the COVID-19 virus, and with some of our members being of higher risk of significant impact from the virus, our Association is taking a proactive approach in preventative measures. These include:

  • An immediate two week pause on all Association services, including local sports and recreation programs, sporting and special events, and Brisbane Health and Fitness Centre services. At this stage, all Association services will resume from Monday 30 March 2020 unless otherwise advised.
  • Ongoing monitoring of the situation, including updated risk assessment for all operations.
  • Regular communication with members, staff and stakeholders to provide status updates.
  • The “Health Screening Form” which was implemented in the Health and Fitness Centre last week, will now be adopted across all operations including Services (once they resume).  The Health Screening Form asks members, staff and stakeholders a series of questions which aim to minimise health risks to all attendees. The information collected in the form will not be retained in any database and will be destroyed when appropriate
  • If any staff or members, or their immediate family or household members, travel overseas or return from overseas, they must immediately isolate themselves for 14 days from the date of their return. Individuals may return to Services if at the end of 14 days self-isolation they are showing no symptoms;
  • If members, staff or stakeholders develop any of the identified symptoms, they are to seek immediate medical attention.  Staff may not return to work and members may not resume services until we have a medical clearance.
  • If members, staff or stakeholders have had contact with a person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, they must immediately isolate themselves for 14 days. Staff may return to work and members can resume services if at the end of 14 days self-isolation they are showing no symptoms, or earlier if the suspected case has been confirmed as having tested negative for COVID-19;
  • No gatherings of 500 people or more will be organised or coordinated by the Association. Decisions regarding the conduct of specific events will be on a case by case basis.

As the situation is changing rapidly, we are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 developments closely and will provide updates to you as appropriate. Our approach is to manage the situation in a balanced, calm and measured way and when required act swiftly and communicate clearly.

In the meantime, everyone can help by practising good hygiene to protect against infection to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our staff and members.

If you have any concerns please speak with your Manager or a member of the Executive Management Team.


Amanda
CEO3

Update #1: COVID-19

16/03/2020

Given the unfolding situation with the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Australia and across the world, I wanted to provide you with an update about the additional precautionary measures we are taking to keep our staff and members safe.

From today and in line with Government recommendations, we will put in place the following measures:

  • A “Health Screening Form” was implemented in the Gym two weeks ago and this will now be extended to include all members and staff participating in sports activities and visitors to the administration office.  The Health Screening Form asks visitors and members whether they have travelled overseas in the past 14 days, or have been in direct contact with anyone who has travelled overseas. If they have, we will take appropriate action (see below).  The information collected in the form will not be retained in any database and will be destroyed when appropriate.
  • If any staff or members, or their immediate family or household members, travel overseas or return from overseas, they must immediately isolate themselves for 14 days from the date of their return. Staff may return to work and members will be able to visit the gym, play sports or receive therapy if at the end of 14 days self-isolation they are showing no symptoms;
  • If staff or members develop any of the identified symptoms, they are to seek immediate medical attention.  Staff may not return to work and members may not visit the gym, play sports or receive therapy until we have a medical certificate clearing them for work or activities;
  • If staff or members have contact with a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, they must immediately isolate themselves for 14 days. Staff may return to work and members can visit the gym, play sports or receive therapy if at the end of 14 days self-isolation they are showing no symptoms, or earlier if the suspected case has been confirmed as having tested negative for COVID-19;
  • No gatherings of 500 people or more will be organised or coordinated by the Association.

As the situation is changing rapidly, we are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and will provide updates to you as appropriate. Our approach is to manage the situation in a balanced, calm and measured way and when required act swiftly and communicate clearly.

 

In the meantime, everyone can help by practicing good hygiene to protect against infection to ensure the safety and well-being of all our staff and members.

If you have any concerns please speak with your Manager or a member of the Executive Management Team.

 

Amanda
CEO

Registration

All donations over AUD$2 are tax deductible according to Australian tax law and are in support of:

The Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Sport and Recreation Association of Queensland Inc.

ABN: 81 954 577 424

Certificate of Registration as a Charity #781

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