The ACDC Project and the Challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 presents significant and unique challenges for the ACDC project, which may be impacted by:

  • People may be less willing to engage with People Connectors
  • There is a risk of infection for people or People Connectors
  • Legislated requirements for reduced travel, social engagement, or lockdown

There have been significant reductions in new infections across Australia, but as restrictions are eased there is a significant risk of new local outbreaks. The ACDC Project will be responsive to these risks.

The ACDC team has considered the possible impacts of COVID-19 and developed risk mitigations, as well as a COVID-19 contingency plan. 

The guidelines for, and the training of, People Connectors is sensitive to the impact of COVID-19 and the concerns of people and communities. CHMA does not wish to expose people to potential COVID-19 infection.

Government guidelines will be reviewed and adhered to at each site, state and nationally, and the right balance between physical distancing, infection control, and positive warm engagement will be sought. A strategy for engaging with communities to monitor and respond to potential outbreaks has also been developed.

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