Our COVID-19 Roadmap

Roadmap out of lockdown for parents and carers – a safe transition back to in-person services – NSW 

Information current as at 20th October 2021

We have been in lockdown for a long time. We are looking forward to seeing you in person!  

The Shepherd Centre will return to in-person services in 2022 with the highest practicable level of COVID-safe provisions in place. We will continue to offer flexible access options for all families and participants: our outstanding Telehealth service families who choose this option, 100% in-person services, or a mix of both online and in-person.  

We will do everything practicable to protect our community and we support vaccinations to keep us safe. We’ll be taking a cautious, careful approach over the next few months as we establish how we work in our new normal and living with COVID and so we can do this as safely as possible, there will be no in person services for the rest of this year, apart from those that are absolutely necessary and based on clinical need. 

The Shepherd Centre has mapped the way that we will be coming out of lockdown in line with the government advice and health orders.  

You can read the full COVID roadmaps for NSW and ACT by clicking on the blue download buttons.

How the staged return to centres will work 

From now to end of 2021 70% + of the population vaccinated:

  • Every person working or volunteering at The Shepherd Centre locations will be fully vaccinated; 
  • If we do contact you to arrange an in person visit, please ensure that you have proof of vaccination with you: two doses for adults and at least one dose for children 12 years and over; 
  • We will be protecting our community by ensuring there will be no teenagers or adults on TSC premises who are unable to provide proof of vaccination, unless under exceptional circumstances (see full roadmap for more details); 
  • Family members or participants over 12 years of age who are not able to show proof of vaccination will also not be able to attend any of centres in person at this point in time, unless under exceptional circumstances as above; 
  • We will continue to provide most of our services via our outstanding Telehealth service and staff will continue to work from home if they can, only coming on site if they cannot work from home; 
  • Masks remain required for every person on site unless to support and aid audibility and communication when talking to someone with hearing loss; 
  • All families, participants and visitors must use all QR codes to check in and out: this includes The Shepherd Centre’s check-in system and the state-based app; 
  • Physical distance of 1.5 meters must be maintained whilst on site wherever possible; 
  • Hands and surfaces will be sanitised regularly – please help us by using the sanitising stations on arrival and throughout your visit; 
  • We will abide by all state health, education and disability guidelines as these evolve and change; 
  • All our staff are responsible for ensuring we are COVID-safe and will be reminding everyone at our locations to do the same.  

2022 and beyond

The government has indicated that further restrictions will ease during December and that life will be returning to a ‘new normal’. It is reported that cases will rise during November/December so The Shepherd Centre will monitor conditions and provide you with an update on what the start of 2022 will look like for us. 

We will be constantly reviewing our approach as information evolves, and provide further updates/guidelines as required, and in particular at the commencement of each term. We also recognise that back to in person services may differ based on location, and type of program (for example hot spot areas, individual vs group programs).  

We are committed to providing you with clear, usable information on our guidelines and approach as we best know it, at any point in time. 

If you do visit one of our centres, please read our COVID-19 roadmap and watch our video prior to your visit:

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Contact us today if you have any questions about our COVID- safe plan or anything else

(02) 9370 4400

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