Smoke from the bushfires has been impacting many parts of South East Australia, but particularly the ACT in recent weeks. People who are sensitive to smoke and air pollution, including:
- people with heart or lung conditions (including asthma)
- children aged less than 14 years
- pregnant women, and
- people over 65 years of age,
are most likely to be impacted and should take precautions and stay indoors wherever possible. This might include working from home, and/or rescheduling appointments which require you to travel, or restricting outdoor activities. For more health advice about smoky conditions visit the ACT Health Fact Sheet on air quality. Anyone with concerns about their health should seek medical advice from their doctor.
Extreme heat can also impact on your health and it is important to be aware of and prepared for extreme conditions. This includes drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated and keeping out of the heat as much as possible. Again this might include rescheduling appointments which require you to travel or restricting any outdoor activities. If you are travelling by car, be prepared. Make sure you take plenty of water in case of traffic delays or car breakdown, and make sure you have any medications on hand and stored in a cool place.
All Aspect staff and clients should take precautions about travelling near or around bushfire impacted areas and be aware of the conditions in the area. You can stay informed about fires in your area via:
The NDIA has provided support and information on their website: https://www.ndis.gov.au/news/4143-bushfires-information-and-support
You can download an Easy English Bushfire Information Guide here: https://cid.org.au/resource/bushfire-info-guide-nsw/
At this stage, we are unaware of any direct impacts to Aspect Services from these bushfires. We will post any information regarding closures or service changes on our website and if you would like more information you can contact Aspect on 1800 277 328.
If you have an appointment with Aspect and you have concerns about travelling due to smoky conditions, heat or bushfires, please consider cancelling or rescheduling your appointment.
Similarly, please be advised that Aspect may need to cancel appointments if we have similar concerns for our staff. We will endeavour to provide you with as much notice as possible if this is the case.
Please contact your Service Coordinator if you have any questions or should you need to reschedule or cancel an appointment.
Please stay safe and know that Aspect puts the health and wellbeing of our participants, staff and clients first.