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What is the primary question addressed by this study?
How can clinicians help older patients maintain social health during social distancing restrictions for COVID-19?


What is the main finding of this study?
The authors present evidence-informed cognitive behavioral strategies to promote social connectedness for older adults remaining in their homes due to social distancing restrictions, including changing their perspectives, coping with anxiety, practicing mindfulness meditation, and problem solving creative new ways to connect (e.g., video calls and volunteering from home). Procedures for creating a ‘Connections Plan’ are described.


What is the meaning of the finding?
The cognitive-behavioral strategies described in this paper, including the ‘Connections Plan,’ may help patients maintain social connections during the COVID-19 pandemic and provide clinicians an opportunity to identify the most effective approaches to promoting connectedness in later life.

Full article can be found at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S106474812030333X

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Media Release - Statement from the Hon Will Alstergren - Parenting Orders and COVID-19

The Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (the Courts) are acutely aware that the current pandemic is having an enormous impact on families and the Australian community.

Parents are naturally deeply concerned about the safety of their children and how the COVID-19 virus will affect their lives.  Part of that concern in family law proceedings can extend to a parent’s or carer’s ability to comply with parenting orders and what should be properly expected of them by the Courts in these unprecedented times.

The purpose of this statement is to clarify that the Courts remain open to assist parties, and to provide parents with some general guidance. However, it is understood that every family’s circumstances are different.

Full information is available at Parenting Orders and COVID-19

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Media Release - Statement from the Hon Will Alstergren - Parenting Orders and COVID-19

The Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (the Courts) are acutely aware that the current pandemic is having an enormous impact on families and the Australian community.

Parents are naturally deeply concerned about the safety of their children and how the COVID-19 virus will affect their lives.  Part of that concern in family law proceedings can extend to a parent’s or carer’s ability to comply with parenting orders and what should be properly expected of them by the Courts in these unprecedented times.

The purpose of this statement is to clarify that the Courts remain open to assist parties, and to provide parents with some general guidance. However, it is understood that every family’s circumstances are different.

Full information is available at Parenting Orders and COVID-19


As COVID-19 continues to impact and reshape our daily lives, we have put measures in place to ensure that we can continue supporting our veteran community and each other through this pandemic.

To keep you up to date with the latest information and provide easy access to support documentation, we have created this Open Arms COVID-19 Self-service Space. This space provides a single source of truth and allows easy access to information in one online, up to date location. In this space you will be able to navigate through the various sections, search for content, provide feedback or ask questions.

Currently this space is only populated with information relating to service provision during the COVID-19 pandemic - a complete suite of Open Arms policies and procedures will soon be available in a separate, but linked, space.

Thank you for banding together, being resilient and putting in the hard yards to make sure we can continue providing services for the veteran community at this critical time. We truly are #strongertogether.

 

Dr Stephanie Hodson