The thoughts of all of us at ACON are with our communities, along with everyone in broader NSW, impacted by the lockdown and the subsequent extension announced today.

We know the disruptions brought on by the pandemic have been wearisome and difficult. News of any lockdown extension that prevents us from seeing family and friends, and going about our normal routines, can be very stressful.

But we’ve all been here before. We’ve all shown tremendous resilience, care and compassion throughout the entirety of this pandemic. With unity, determination and vigilance, we can overcome the struggles we face.

Stay strong and resilient by continuing to take good care and looking after yourselves. It’s important we follow all public health orders – including getting vaccinated. Vaccines are an essential tool in the fight against COVID-19. When you are fully vaccinated, you are protecting yourself and helping safeguard the health of the community.

As we adjust to an extended lockdown period, be sure to maintain your mental and physical wellbeing by practicing self-care. Check in on your friends, family and colleagues by phone, SMS, email or social media. If you or your loved ones need support, please reach out.

At ACON, we’ve been working hard to support our communities throughout the pandemic. We know these are uncertain times but rest assured, we’re with you, so contact us if you need help or assistance.

Many of our support services remain accessible either virtually or through other contactless means, including our counselling service, HIV testing, our Meal Service and peer education programs.

Other ACON programs continue to operate with strict COVID Safe measures in place. Visit our website or follow us on social media for the latest news and updates.

A huge thank you to all healthcare workers, as well as those in critical roles, for continuing to give selflessly to ensure we remain safe and our society functions. And thank you to you – everyone in our communities – for doing what you can to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Though we can’t be with each other right now, just know that we will be together again doing the things we love. But until then:

  • Get vaccinated as soon as it’s available to you
  • Follow all public health orders
  • Stay at home as much as you can
  • Mask up when you’re out and about
  • Reach out for support when you need it

Stay informed, stay safe and stay well.

Dr Justin Koonin
ACON President

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