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This month, campaigners warn, a program to boost COVID-19 immunization and assist Victoria’s most vulnerable people will be scrapped following the 2020 public housing tower lockdowns.

“High risk” environments such as public housing, trailer parks, rooming houses, and other such places were previously unknown to Tom Symondson, CEO of the Victorian Healthcare Association.

In certain situations, personnel at 24 Victorian community health services helped patients pay bills, get aged care, or get home maintenance aid.

It occurs at the same time as the widespread deconstruction of state bureaucracy.

Caroline Springs, a mother of three, is featured in the film. For six weeks last year, during the Melbourne Delta outbreak, Muluka Bushre and her family were able to remain in home isolation because to the effort.

As soon as Setra Sheik, a nurse at IPC Health, heard Bushre’s name, she believed they were of Ethiopian descent and spoke Amharic.

Growing COVID- Online grocery delivery were delayed by 19 cases, but she arranged for the family to receive food, including Halal meat.

Bushre wouldn’t have been able to feed her children if she hadn’t received that aid.

During his stay at home, Sheik assisted his family by paying their bills and making rent and electricity payments. Later, she received dental referrals for Bushre’s teenagers.

Dental care and other treatments, according to employees, will still be available, but no one will know about them.

By November of last year, practically everyone in the Richmond housing estate had been immunized against COVID-19 thanks to the high-risk accomodation program.

Youth nights with slushies and takeaway and playgroups, as well as Zumba classes, spread the word about what’s going on in your community. It was sometimes possible to get a vaccination on the spot.

In Nuraini Mahamud’s opinion, if the program is dismantled and then reassembled, it will take months for the community to rebuild its faith.

She said she fixed a mother’s rangehood in a day so that she could cook at home after six months, according to the community development worker.

However, Symondson thinks that the COVID-19 initiative has established a basic relationship between disadvantaged communities and critical health services and should be maintained indefinitely by the Victorian government.

Because of the large number of COVID-19 cases and the growing flu outbreak, he felt it was “not the correct timing” to eliminate a program that aids patients in staying healthy and out of the hospital.

The cost of the scheme was not made public by Victorian officials.

People with COVID-19 severe needs are being housed in temporary housing, according to a spokesman for the Department of Families, Fairness, and Housing. The government is “committed to keeping Victorians living in high-risk conditions safe throughout the pandemic.”

As many as 300 people have been employed as a result of the program, according to Symondson, including many who were working for the first time since arriving in Australia. They’re facing an uncertain future now that they learned of the financial cut in the state budget last month.

While community health services will do all they can, “heartbreaking yet real” that we can’t find roles for dozens of people.

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