A message to our Victorian community from the PACFA CEO

As greater Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire moved into lockdown for the second time on 9 July, the lives of around 5 million Victorians changed overnight.  

Today, I am shocked to read the latest COVID-19 statistics for Victoria – 723 new cases and another 13 deaths, our largest numbers so far, despite being in lock down for the last 3 weeks. The number of cases and deaths related to aged care is particularly worrying and leaves me feeling great sadness that the most vulnerable members of our community are being hit so hard and face so much suffering. 

I like, many people I know, am experiencing a growing anxiety about when and how this second wave will come to an end. But it is important to remember that alongside all the challenges that 2020 has brought, the devastating natural disasters and pandemic response have also renewed a sense of connection, compassion, respect and social justice in our community.

Many PACFA members stepped forward to volunteer their skills in disaster response and recovery earlier this year. Over the last month, many thousands of Australians have shown their support for the Black Lives Matter movement and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In the final days before lockdown, Melburnians rallied around the nine heavily quarantined community housing towers, volunteering their time, expertise and countless donations to the 3000 tower residents.

I hope that all members can carry these strengths and positives into the coming weeks. The PACFA Team is here to support our Victorian members as well as members around Australia. 

Don’t forget that there is also a wide range of information, training, resources and other forms of support available to all PACFA members. Go to the PACFA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information page to browse resources from a range of government and non-government organisations.

If you are a PACFA member you can also access further information on COVID-19, including free webinar recordings and resources for the delivery of online therapy, via our password-protected Member Resources page.

On behalf of the PACFA staff and Board, I am again letting our Victorian members know that our thoughts are with you and with your families and communities.

Maria Brett