Keeping communities together becomes more important than ever at times like these.
U3A Port Phillip led the U3A movement in Australia in going online, with most of our courses running via Zoom in 2020 and 2021, and most of our members attending online classes. We are now running a mixture of Face-to-Face courses and Zoom courses. For "how-to" information about online courses see All about Zoom, below.
And we've created this special page of links to information about the current state of affairs, globally, in Australia and locally, and with information about how to survive. All updated as and when things change.
To read the information for any heading, just click on the arrow to the left of the heading and then click on any item in blue to go to the relevant page or website.
What's happening in the world and in Australia?
Australian facts and figures from the Australian Federal Government website
The Federal Government has also launched a Coronavirus Australia app and WhatsApp feature. Coronavirus Australia is available from the Apple App Store and on Google Play and was launched alongside the Government's new WhatsApp feature.
Covid-19 Daily Update from the Victorian Government Department of Health & Human Services
Coronacast ABC daily podcasts
City of Port Phillip Covid-19 News, Updates & Vaccination Program
Useful information for surviving
Starting on 30 March 2020 the Australian Government expanded Medicare-subsidised telehealth services, so you may be able to have a consultation with your health care provider via phone. You can read the Federal government statement here and read an ABC news update about this expanded service here
Mental Health resources and tips for staying calm and healthy are available from the Department of Health and Human Services
How to wash your hands (with Brahms) click here.
Things to do
During lockdown, we became accustomed to doing things online, rather than face-to-face. Much of what was set up during that time is still available for those who prefer not to go out into the crowds.
A Bit of Everything
Victoria Together offers plenty of free activities - ranging from Free Weekly Concerts, Theatre & Dance, Film & Cinema, Music, Sport & Exercise, Food & Drink, Science & Natures and a section for Older Victorians
Download a book or movie from the CoPP library - free.
Buy a book on-line from The Avenue bookstore - free delivery.
Port Phillip library has made quite a few free apps available for members, where you can also join up if you're not already a member. The apps include eBooks, eMagazines, eAudio books, Music, Movies/Documentary and Personal Learning.
Support local musicians and stream live classical music concerts at Melbourne Digital Concert Hall
Live-streamed Classical Music Concerts - links to dozens of free concerts from all over the world to choose from
Sydney Opera House is uploading conversations, concerts and full theatre productions as part of its 2020 digital season, called From Our Home To Yours. It is leaving its content up permanently, with new content uploaded daily from Wednesday to Sunday each week.
The Metropolitan Opera is releasing a new show online every day. These are complete performances that have taken place throughout the last 14 years and each performance can be watched for only 23 hours.
The Royal Opera House in the UK has an online program titled From Our House to Yours. It will focus on ballet and opera.
Join the Royal Society of Victoria and attend their fortnightly science lectures using Zoom.
Shakespeare's Globe is uploading full archival Shakespeare productions to YouTube for 14 days, where they can be watched for free.
The UK's National Theatre also wants to keep its shows available while it's closed. It has chosen to upload a new show to YouTube every week.
The Australian Ballet is uploading full productions twice a month, with the shows being available for two weeks each.
Zoo's Victoria Live Streaming - check out Penguin Cam or Zebra Cam - perhaps visit the Snow Leopard Cubs
Museums Victoria has set up Museum at Home - they offer their (virtual) Museums free in your home.
Ten of the world's best virtual Museum & Art Gallery Tours
Linden Art Gallery (St Kilda) offers links to several world class Galleries, such as MOMA
Live web cams from Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Visit 500 museums and galleries from around the world.
Visit Online Visual Art Experiences at public galleries around Victoria
Take up a Course with U3A Online - a virtual U3A, delivering online learning via the internet ($30 annual fee)
Free online courses at Harvard University
Perhaps time for some gardening? Garden Express is an online garden supplier and will deliver to your home
Explore destinations around the world in Road Trip from Home: Virtual Field Trips
Take a virtual tour of some of Australia's most spectacular National Parks
EarthCam displays live web cams from around the world
360 degree virtual tour of spiritual locations in Jerusalem.
Photographs of Melbourne Isolated by Gavin John
Photographs of Melbourne by Travel Victoria
WindowSwap lets you see the view from windows all over the world and you can upload your own
Projects at Home
Find a project to upcycle old clothes and other household objects.