Information for our key partners
COVID-19 Border checkpoints - update for health and disability providers
Some health and disability workers living outside Auckland have been unable to get through checkpoints on Auckland City’s borders when they are travelling to and from work under the current Alert Level 3 (Auckland City) and Alert Level 2 (rest of New Zealand).
As described on the COVID-19 website, you are permitted to travel into or out of Auckland for work if you are providing health and disability services.
NZ Police, which operates the regional checkpoints, has now agreed that health and disability workers may travel across regional border checkpoints if they:
- can show a letter (hard copy or on your phone) from their employer confirming place of work, and dates and reason for travel
- can show photo identification (this could be a driver’s license, passport or other document commonly used to confirm identification).
You do not need to apply for an exemption or permission if you are travelling for these reasons.
Workers may also be asked other questions to verify their reasons for travel.
If a health and disability worker’s family, whanau or âiga members are providing transport assistance to and from work, you can get a health and disability travel letter from your provider to help explain your travel.
The Ministry of Health and NZ Police are working together to ensure a consistent approach at existing and future regional border check points.
This process will be reviewed as necessary and also by 26 August 2020.
Published 19 August 2020
Updated guidelines for PPE use in client's homes, community homes and hospitals
The Ministry of Health regularly updates recommendations on PPE use for all healthcare workers who provide care and support for people in different settings, such as community homes, client homes and hospital. Please check the guidelines to help us prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Published 17 August 2020
Alert Level 3 guidance for disability support services
Under Alert Level 3, services that can be delivered ‘safely’ can continue while safe distancing is observed and good hygiene and infection control standards are observed.
The Ministry of Health provides a detailed guideline and what services look like at Alert Level 3.
Here's a quick summary of how disability services can run at Alert Level 3:
- Community residential services are essential services and must continue to operate.
- You can extend your bubble to include other households if you can do so safely.
- Controlled, safe visits are allowed under Alert Level 3 in agreement with the resident and whānau. This is an important mechanism to ensure resident and staff wellbeing and safety.
- Facility-based respite services will be closed at Alert Level 3. People are encouraged to consider alternative ways to access respite (through virtual supports, or accessing alternative supports through flexible funding options).
- You can use Carer Support more flexibly so that relief care can be used when you are doing your other paid work (even if you are working from home).
- Day services will remain closed at Alert Level 3. Services should provide support in alternative ways.
- All community services that provide essential personal care to people (e.g. help with toileting, showering etc) can continue with use of PPE.
- During COVID-19 changes have been made to how you can use your funding. These changes provide more flexibility and will be in place until 30 September 2020.
- If your funding runs out because you’ve had to pay support workers who are on special leave during COVID-19, the Ministry may be able to start your next budget earlier. Please contact your NASC if you need to do this. You will need to keep a record of the extra costs you have had to pay to be able to do this.
- Specialist Behaviour Support is available over the phone. Whānau and support workers can call 0800 000 421 to receive wellbeing and behaviour support advice and support from Explore Behaviour Specialists. You can call from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. You can find out more, and access some resources here.
Published 13 August 2020
ARPHS website: the latest COVID-19 info in our region
COVID-19 suppression is currently focused on the greater Auckland region following confirmed cases of community transmission in South Auckland. The Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) website has a great collection of COVID information and updates on how the delivery of our services are affected during this time.
Published 12 August 2020
Interim home support visiting guideline
The Ministry of Health is working on providing us the most up to date guideline on how we can continue supporting people, when Auckland moves to Level 3 at noon on 12 August 2020.
In the meantime, here's the interim regional process for guidance around mask/PPE use and physical distancing while providing support at home.
Published 12 August 2020
Proper hand washing and how to use gowns, goggles and masks
Be guided by Auckland District Health Board's instructional video on proper hand washing and how to use gowns, goggles and masks.
For the most up-to-date guidelines on PPE use in healthcare settings, visit the Ministry of Health website.
Last reviewed 16 June 2020
Published 3 April 2020
Āwhina app: Tailored COVID-19 information in the hands of health workers
Use Āwhina to stay up to date on the latest COVID-19 information and receive notifications when content is added or updated.
Āwhina lets you quickly filter content so you can find what is most relevant to you. You can also save content in the app to give you quick access to it again later.
The information in Āwhina is from the Ministry of Health and other trusted sources.
The Ministry developed the app with feedback from people working in the health sector, and we’ll continue to review and improve its functionality based on feedback.
Published 2 June 2020
Alert Level 2 guidance for disability support service providers
The Ministry of Health released some guidelines about what Alert Level 2 means for disability support service providers.
There's a lot of emphasis on taking measures to keep disabled people, employees, visitors and our communities safe and to reduce the risk of new transmission.
Published 13 May 2020
Funded temporary accommodation for front-line workers
COVID-19 assessment centres are available for you
Residential facilities and support workers are doing an amazing job looking after people who are at risk of getting COVID-19. Here are some reminders to help you stop the transmission of the virus within your facilities and communities.
If someone is displaying COVID-19 symptoms or has been around someone who is COVID positive, please go to any of the available assessment centres in Auckland.
You should also report if someone is not well to their GP, so they can get the the right support. GPs are then required to report to ARPHS.
Our District Health Board recommends to follow Safer Work Australia's workplace cleaning guidance to prevent the spread of COVID.
Thank you for the amazing work you do.
Last reviewed 11 May 2020
Published 17 April 2020
Join TANI on Zoom for their Regional Network Meeting
The Asian Network Inc (TANI) is inviting providers to their Regional Network Zoom Meeting on Wednesday 20 May to talk about what's happening in the community.
A range of community-based support organizations/groups and like-minded people will be invited to talk about what they have done well, what they've learned and plan to improve.
Spots are limited, so please RSVP Jian Chen as soon as you can.
Published 6 May 2020
Alert Level 3 guidance for disability community residential care providers
This up-to-date guidance from the Ministry talks about how you as a provider can ensure safe visits to your facilities, what recreation or daily activities you can do, how far you can go, and what to do if someone needs to move residence.
Published 28 April 2020
Guidance for workplaces that have a case of COVID-19
If an employee, customer or visitor becomes a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case, and has been at your workplace while potentially infectious, there are standard processes that will be followed.
Published 27 April 2020
Ordering PPE: Community Providers Northern Region
The DHBs have implemented a system for community providers in the northern region to request personal protective equipment (PPE). The process for General Practice remains the same.
Published 17 April 2020
Activities you can do in your bubble
Check out these ideas anyone can do – intellectually or physically disabled people, visually impaired people, young or old. There are a range of online options that don’t require much else; however, you will need to determine whether you have the resources available to do some of the activities. Check out the
If you have other ideas or suggestions on how to keep people entertained, active or relaxed during lockdown, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to share it here.
Published 6 April 2020
Personal protective equipment use in health care
Current demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) is unprecedented. The Ministry recognises this is causing concern among the increasing number of staff being brought in to help manage the COVID-19 outbreak.
Published 28 March 2020
Update for Disability and Aged Care Providers on Alert Level 4
Lots of things had to be change in our communities to stop the spread of COVID-19. For example, residential care was closed to visitors, people needed to self-isolate to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, and we all had to make changes to our day-to-day routines.
Read more about how our community is fighting COVID-19.
Published 27 March 2020