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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Info Hub

The World Health Organisation has declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic requiring a global coordinated effort. Symptoms can include fever, flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue and/or shortness of breath.

We are concerned for the welfare of our community living with muscle wasting conditions who may be at a higher risk of developing complications should they contract COVID-19.

The current advice in  Queensland is that anyone who has any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, should get tested immediately.

Symptoms include:

  • fever
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • fatigue
  • shortness of breath
  • runny nose
  • loss of smell and/or taste

It doesn’t matter if you have just one of these symptoms or a group of them, or whether you feel really sick or just a little unwell, you should contact your doctor or visit a fever clinic immediately to get tested.  If visiting the doctor, please call ahead and tell them about your symptoms so they can prepare for your visit. A list of fever clinics is available here.

For people with a disability that are symptomatic and have trouble accessing their doctor or a fever clinic, alternative testing arrangements will need to be arranged.  In these circumstances, please call 13HEALTH or your local Public Health Unit (contact details available here).  For people living in disability accommodation services, it is also important that you advise the clinician of this prior to your test being complete

This list of resources has been gathered to assist our clients other members of our community with decision making during this time.

Handy links and numbers:

Updates on MDQ’s services:

South-east Queensland is back under lockdown conditions but MDQ is still operating as an essential service with many of our staff are working remotely. Our Client Centre is temporarily closed and the hydrotherapy program is on hold too as pools have been closed, but individual Allied Health appointments are still going ahead under strict infection control.

  • MDQ’s Infection Control Measures – This page provides information about the way MDQ is responding to coronavirus recommendations and implementing changes to protect the health and wellbeing on our clients, their families and carers and our staff. This includes information about any changes we are making to the way we work, the way we provide services and any changes to our fundraising events.
  • Allied Health – we are still providing face-to-face allied health services. All of our frontline staff have undertaken infection control training and will use every precaution to keep everyone safe. Telehealth appointments are also available to anyone who is self isolating at this time. Due to pool closures, our hydrotherapy programs are temporarily on hold. Please contact us on 3243 9700 or email info@mdqld.org.au if you would like to make an appointment or have any questions.
  • Support Coordination – Your MDQ Support Coordinator is still here for you. The majority of support coordination services will be performed by phone and email. All of our frontline staff have undertaken infection control training and will use every precaution to keep everyone safe.
  • Plan Management – MDQ would like to reassure you that we have taken every precaution to ensure that our Plan Management service is not affected by COVID-19 restrictions. Our staff practice social distancing and hygiene recommendations and also have the ability to work off-site if necessary. We do not anticipate any disruptions to this vital service.
  • Counselling and Support – Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. This page provides some handy tips to help you if you’re concerned about your response to the virus alerts.
  • Breathe Well Cough Assist Program –  If you do come down with a respiratory infection and would like to hire a Cough Assist machine on short term loan through MDQ’s Breathe Well program, we encourage you to let us know so that we are able to organise the loan in good time and help you avoid progression to a serious respiratory event.
  • MDQ’s Client Updates – we’re keeping people updated with our client updates and more regular emails. Sign up or read past editions of our client updates here.

We want to assure you that the health and wellbeing of our clients, their families and carers is our highest priority.  Our focus is on continuing to offer our support and assistance where it is needed. Please contact us on 07 3243 9700 or email us if you have concerns of queries you’d like to discuss.  We’re here for you.