Digital Connection for Seniors project
The physical distancing required to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has seen an increase in the reliance on digital platforms that enable people to socially connect, keep updated on government directives, as well as attend medical appointments, online shopping and interact with online hobbies and support groups. We know that there is a digital divide for people in rural areas and our older community members. This was the premise for the Digital Connection for Seniors project in the Macedon Ranges Shire and the Central Goldfields Shire. The full report is available upon request.
Stories from the Bush
Bendigo Loddon PCP: For many years, rural residents in Loddon and the Greater Bendigo Shires have raised issues about the lack of access to reliable mobile phone and internet services. During COVID-19, when the only way to participate in many aspects of everyday life was through digital access, our partner organisations highlighted the increased burden this placed on rural residents. BLPCP interviewed some self nominated rural households between May 14 and June 11, 2020, to find out how these issues impacted their access to education, work, telehealth, and social support. This publication seeks to tell their stories.
Digital Inclusion Fact Sheets
North Easy Healthy Communities (PCP): Have developed fact sheets to support communities to be more digitally connected. The fact sheets are all available for download at https://www.nehc.org.au/resources/ , covering the following topics:
- Digital Inclusion: An overview
- Key organisations
- Supports and resources
- What organisations can do
- What professionals can do
- Inclusive technology and design
- Stories from local communities