WA Border Re-Opening – CFWA Update

WA Border Re-Opening – CFWA Update

With the 5 February border opening fast approaching, we know there may be some questions or concerns in the community around potential community spread of COVID-19 in WA. We have compiled some information that you may find useful.

CFWA Services

CFWA Community Support Workers

Community Support Worker (CSW) service will continue as is for the time being.

  • We will be following the latest health advice, recommendations may change
  • All CSWs are fully vaccinated as per the most recent government requirements
  • CSWs will be wearing full PPE as usual
  • Exposure sites will be checked prior to visits and CSWs will not attend if any potential exposure or symptoms
  • Remote sessions via FaceTime are available if you would prefer

Other CFWA Services

  • Other CFWA support, including financial subsidies, is still available
  • CFWA hospital bags are available on the ward at PCH so don’t forget to ask when you are in
  • Adult inpatient food packs are available, You can order yours when you are in at the link here. Adult Food Packs

Hospital Admissions and Clinic Visits

Individual advice regarding clinic visits and admissions will be provided by your CF team, for any enquiries please contact your clinic directly.

COVID infection may increase pressure on hospital beds so admissions may be delayed in some cases. Your CF team will ensure you get a bed as soon as possible. If you have significant concerns that a delay or rescheduling may impact your/your child’s health, please contact your CF clinic team to discuss.

If you or your child are extremely unwell, go to Emergency for assessment or dial 000 in an emergency.

Perth Children’s Hospital

For information for patients and visitors to PCH please click here

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

The SCGH CF team have put together a plan that will be individualised to each person’s needs. Please keep in contact with the team and do not hesitate to get in touch if you are unwell.

  • The aim is to manage people at home for treatment. Telehealth and phone calls are available with the CF team, as well as face to face if required.
  • Hospital access will still be available if required. If you need to be admitted, there will be a COVID ward and Non COVID ward.
  • Home spirometry is encouraged, contact Sue Morey if required.
  • If you contract COVID, please advise your CF team immediately (even if you do not have symptoms)
  • If you have not been fully vaccinated (2x vaccines + 1x booster) or are immunocompromised (post-transplant), and have COVID, Antiviral treatment may be available within 5 x days of infection (administered based on State policy criteria)

COVID-19 Vaccination and Boosters

For the latest information please visit the Health WA website.

  • Booster shots now available for over 18’s after 4 months – More information
  • Children aged 5 to 11 are eligible to roll up for a COVID-19 vaccine from 10 January 2022, in line with expected vaccine supply from the Federal Government; using a smaller dose. Bookings are required, with bookings for State-run clinics already open via VaccinateWA; or vaccines available via participating GPs and pharmacies.
  • If you’re visiting Perth Children’s Hospital for an appointment or stay, your child can be vaccinated at Stan Perron Immunisation Centre. This include inpatients and outpatients and their siblings.
  • ATAGI is not currently recommending booster doses for people aged under 18. Read ATAGI’s advice here. If you have any queries, please contact your clinic.
  • Advice from PCH CF team is that children with CF aged 12-17 years of age are not eligible for a booster dose as they are not considered immune compromised and not at increased risk for complications from COVID unless they have very severe lung disease.
  • You can book your vaccine or booster here.

Being Prepared – Hand Sanitiser and PPE at Home

  • Make sure you stock up on masks and hand sanitiser now to avoid missing out if there is a rush once the borders open
  • Ask visitors to your home to practice hand hygiene as this is the best defence we have against COVID – More information
  • CFWA may have stock available in an emergency if you are unable to source elsewhere, please contact us.
  • It may be helpful to prepare a “COVID kit” with paracetamol, electrolyte drinks, two weeks of any prescription medications, hand sanitiser and masks

Mental Health Support

  • The impacts of COVID can cause us to feel anxious, overwhelmed and increasingly stressed which makes it even more important to be aware and take care of our mental as well as physical health.
  • To access counselling and general support contact our Senior Therapist deidre.gorrie@cfwa.org.au or our Youth Social Worker Haylee is also available to support young people and can be contacted at haylee.riddell@cfwa.org.au

Mental health Resources

Some useful resources offering specific tools and advice for managing your mental health and wellbeing during COVID:

Financial Support in Hardship

We know some people may experience additional financial strain due to COVID. Many people are feeling the effects on the economy, work hours, the cost of housing etc, on top of out of pocket costs for healthcare and medications. If you are experiencing hardship or struggling with basic, daily living; please contact us.

Deidre will work with you to understand your circumstances and how we might be able to support you. This might be financially, through equipment/supplies or vouchers or through linking you with other organisations for additional support. We obtain grants and donations that change all the time. Often we can help, whether it is a longer term need or just some short term support. Please get in touch with Deidre at deidre.gorrie@cfwa.org.au to find out how we can currently help.

People with CF and COVID-19

  • Evidence shows people with CF are not more susceptible to COVID and overall do not seem to fair worse. The exceptions to this would be those with low lung function and post-transplant.
  • Vaccination is recommended for all people with CF who are eligible.
  • Click here for Global CF Registry COVID-19 and CF data
  • Click here for a recent study on people with CF and COVID-19
  • Click here for some information on COVID-19 and CF from Telethon Kids Institute

Useful Resources and Links

COVID-19 Information

  • SafeWA App: Make sure you download the SafeWA app to check in at local businesses
  • COVID testing clinics: Testing is available around the state
  • WA Government COVID Information: The Government have updated information and resources available
  • Proof of vaccination: From 5 February it’s important to have your proof of vaccination available
  • Service WA App: Download the Service WA app to get your vaccine certificate, which may be required to enter certain venues after 5 February.

CF and COVID-19

Children and Families

Mental Health


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