Conversation In Isolation

Conversation In Isolation


Are you currently struggling to stay socially connected during the COVID-19 lockdown, and would like someone to talk to?

We are a group of Victoria-based medical students who started Conversation in Isolation to help support Australians who are at risk of loneliness and social isolation during the COVID-19 crisis. You sign up, and we match you with a student volunteer to be your ongoing telephone supporter. They’ll find a time that suits you, and call every so often to say hi, have a friendly chat, and lend an ear to whatever’s on your mind.

If you or a friend/family member would like a friendly chat to pass the time, we’re here for you! Currently, we have students capable of fluently conversing in languages such as Mandarin, Cantonese, Sinhalese, Burmese, Vietnamese, Greek, Hindi, Punjabi, French, Thai, Afrikaans, Hebrew, Gujarati, German, Spanish, Tamil, Malayalam, and the list goes on!

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Covid-19 and your Rights as Tenant or Landlord

Consumer Affairs VictoriaA State of Emergency has been declared in Victoria due to the serious risk to public health posed by coronavirus (COVID-19). The Victorian Government has enacted new laws to protect people in housing crisis, and declared a moratorium on evicting people out of their housing.

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COVID-19 – Temporary Visa Work Arrangements

Backpackers in primary industryFollowing a great deal of speculation, the Minister for Immigration has finally announced the Australian Government’s stance on temporary visa holders in Australia during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Ramadan Messages in the time of Coronavirus – 13 Languages

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Ramadan Mubarak to our Muslim friends and colleagues. Our thoughts are to you and your families during this challenging time. The Victorian Government has prepared radio (audio) messages in 13 languages about Ramadan for individuals and communities to share during this significant time – on the importance of managing Coronavirus together.

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Six Daily Questions to Ask Yourself in Quarantine

Lady with questionsAs the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, and efforts to “flatten the curve” through physical distancing intensify, many of us find ourselves quarantined at home. The physical isolation and sudden departure from familiar routines can be jarring and disorienting. Settling in for the possibility of an extended shelter-in-place order, I wrote these six “Daily Quarantine Questions” to help me structure my days—and check in with myself, to make sure I’m doing OK. After I shared them on social media, I heard from thousands of people who said that these resonated for them.

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COVID-19 Coronavirus Racism Incident Report

I AM NOT A VIRUS“Coronavirus doesn’t just affect you if you’re Chinese or Asian heritage, it can affect everyone regardless of ethnicity … the virus has nothing to do with race. Victims of coronavirus-fuelled racism in Australia are speaking out about its impact – YOU can report this racism, It is very important to do so – everyone who has migrated and settled here has a right to be here.

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