HFACT Response to COVID-19

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Dear HFACT members, families and carers,

During these challenging times I’d thought I’d send around a notice just to keep you informed of developments in HFACT.

Firstly, you would not be surprised to hear that HFACT has postponed two upcoming events:

  • Women’s Wisdom High Tea at the Hyatt Hotel on Saturday 28 March, and;
  • World Haemophilia Day Family Picnic scheduled for Sunday 19 April.

All people who had responded that they were attending one of these events have been contacted.
We will look to reschedule these events at a later point when it is prudent to do so.

HFACT continues to provide our counselling service. However, in line with the precautions recommended by the Australian Government during the COVID-19 crisis, the service will be provided remotely via tele-consulting. The safety of our members and HFACT’s counsellor, Kathryn Body, is of prime importance. Please note that Kathryn is still taking appointments, although these consultations will be over the phone. Kathryn is not limited to discussing issues relating to bleeding disorders and you are welcome to contact her to discuss concerns relating to the COVID-19 crisis. For example anxiety, loss of employment, home schooling, working from home etc.

Kathryn can be contacted by phone on 0409 830 472 or via email to [email protected] . This service is free to people with a bleeding disorder and/or their families.

You may also wish to note that Haemophilia Foundation Australia (HFA) is issuing regular Coronavirus updates:

27 February 2020 - Coronavirus and the safety of clotting factor treatments: https://www.haemophilia.org.au/publications/news/coronavirus

18 March 2020 - The update on links to government health resources for coronavirus and treatment FAQs:  https://www.haemophilia.org.au/publications/news/coronavirus-update  

[Update] 3 April 2020 - Broad update on HFA office changes, Reliable Information sources, Keeping Safe, seeking help, HTC changes, treatments and supply:

The HFA office staff are also working remotely and have issued contact details should you need them: https://www.haemophilia.org.au/publications/news/hfa-office

Lastly, please stay safe and I will see you when things return to normal.

Claude Damiani
Haemophilia Foundation ACT

E: [email protected]

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Date last reviewed: 3 April 2020