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 is monitoring these risks and responds responsibly to them.
The ACDC Project 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.