. Department of Health & Human Services – Face Masks

As of midnight on Wednesday 22 July 2020, the Victorian Government requires all those in the Melbourne Metropolitan area (and including Mitchell Shire) to wear face masks when out for one of the four acceptable reasons for leaving home:

  1. Shopping for food or other essential items
  2. To provide care giving, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment
  3. For exercise (outdoor exercise only, with only one other person or members of your household)
  4. Work or study, if you cannot work or study from home

You can view a four page pdf provided by the DHHS for making your own face mask by clicking the mask below.  You can increase the size of the pdf by double clicking and then clicking on "zoom in" - you can repeat this process until the document is the most suitable size for you.

Below is an email shared by Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for all U3A's :

From: Funded Agency Channel (DHHS) <fac@dhhs.vic.gov.au>
Sent: Tuesday, 21 July 2020 4:03 PM
Subject: Mandatory face coverings for Victorians

Community sector colleagues,

As the Premier announced on Sunday, people living in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will now be required to wear a face covering when leaving home for one of the four reasons, following a concerning increase in coronavirus cases in recent days.

This new direction will be enforced from 11.59pm Wednesday 22 July to allow people time to purchase or make a face covering. However, we ask you to start wearing a face covering immediately if you can.

There will be some reasons not to wear a face covering. For example, those who have a medical reason, children under 12 years of age, or those who have a professional reason. However, you will still be expected to carry your face covering at all times to wear when you can.

Please refer to the updated restrictions on the Department of Health and Human Services’ website for more detail.

For those undertaking vital work in our community services sector, please remain vigilant and continue to implement the Guidance for coronavirus (COVID-19) planning in the community services sector (Word), to protect the health and safety of staff, clients and the broader community. This guidance will soon be updated to reflect the latest announcement re mandatory face coverings.

For those in need of face masks to continue providing vital services to the community, please complete the request for PPE form online. Demand for PPE is very high and all requests will be triaged with priority given to facilities and programs where there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19.

How do I wear a mask correctly? (surgical mask - single use)

  • Before putting on the mask, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or use a hand sanitiser that is made up of over 60% alcohol.
  • Check for defects in the mask, such as tears or broken loops.
  • Position the coloured side of the mask outward.
  • If present, make sure the metallic strip is at the top of the mask and positioned against the bridge of your nose.
  • If the mask has:

o    Ear loops: Hold the mask by both ear loops and place one loop over each ear.

o    Ties: Hold the mask by the upper strings. Tie the upper strings in a secure bow near the crown of your head. Tie the bottom strings securely in a bow near the nape of your neck.

o    Dual elastic bands: Pull the bottom band over your head and position it against the nape of your neck. Pull the top band over your head and position it against the crown of your head

  • Mould the bendable metallic upper strip to the shape of your nose by pinching and pressing down on it with your fingers.
  • Pull the bottom of the mask over your mouth and chin.
  • Be sure the mask fits snugly.
  • Don’t touch the mask once in position.
  • If the mask gets soiled or damp, replace it with a new one.

What’s the best way to take off a face mask?

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitiser containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Don’t touch the front of the mask or your face.
  • Carefully remove your mask by grasping the ear loops or untying the ties. For masks with a pair of ties, unfasten the bottom one first, then the top one.
  • If your mask has filters, remove them and throw them away. Fold the mask and put it directly into the laundry or into a disposable or washable bag for laundering. Single use surgical masks should be disposed of responsibly.
  • Clean your hands again.

The most up to date information, including FAQs about face coverings, is available on the Victorian coronavirus website.

In the coming days, we will also provide you with information about face coverings for vulnerable clients.

For those supporting vulnerable members of our community through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – thank you for your hard work, patience, and determination – you are making a significant difference to the lives of Victorians as we work together to slow  the spread of the virus in our community.

Stay safe,

Argiri Alisandratos
Deputy Secretary, Children, Families, Communities and Disability
Department of Health and Human Services
50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 3000

. La Trobe University Memory Study

We are writing to let you know about a research study that might be interesting to your members. The research is being conducted by the Department of Psychology and Counselling at La Trobe University under the supervision of Dr Kerryn Pike.

RESEARCH STUDY TITLE: The effectiveness of face-name memory training in older adults

What is the study about?

This research is being done to learn more about the effectiveness of memory training for remembering names to faces in people over 60 years old. We are looking at whether learning specific strategies improves their ability to remember names, and what factors might influence this. The study is being conducted online (i.e. on the Internet).

Why are we doing this study?

The reason we want to know more about the effectiveness of face-name memory training is because forgetting names is one of the most common memory difficulties, and can lead to people withdrawing socially, reducing quality of life. The memory intervention involved in this study will be relatively short in time and is empirically supported to improve everyday memory performance and confidence.

Who can participate in this study?

Taking part in this research study is optional. We are looking for people who are:
●      Aged over 60 years old
●       Able to read and speak English proficiently
●       With normal or corrected-to-normal vision and hearing
●       Have access to a computer and the Internet
●       No current diagnosis of neurological disorders (e.g. dementia) or psychiatric disorders (e.g. bipolar disorder, schizophrenia)
●       Capable of completing the tasks independently

What does the study involve?

If people in your community do decide to take part they will be asked to:

●       Complete two questionnaire packages on the Internet, two weeks apart
●       Practice learning names every day for two weeks
●       Depending on which group people are allocated to, they will be provided with information on different memory strategies
●       All participants will have the opportunity to enter the draw to win one of fifteen $50 gift cards



If you would like more information or are interested in being part of the research study please contact:

NAME:  Kiki Wu / Sherry Zeng - Student investigators


This research has been reviewed and approved by The La Trobe University Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have any complaints or concerns about the research study please email humanethics@latrobe.edu.auor phone 9479 1443 quoting the following number HEC20218.

Yours sincerely - Kiki and Sherry - Student investigators


. Free Govt Funded Health & Wellness Course

Equip4Life are running a FREE State Government Funded Health & Wellness Education Course - available immediately to U3A Members.  The Course will be run over live Zoom Webinars - and also over the Phone.

The tutors for this Course, which in the past has been run in person, are all University Qualified Dietitians and Exercise Physiologists

Equip4Life has now conducted courses at many U3As since 2012, with over 500 U3A members across Victoria partaking in our evidence-based health seminars over the years. Our Health & Wellness Education Course has now seen over 60,000 Victorians themselves participate, and it is Victoria's largest and most successful Health and Wellness Program to date.

With the latest health information available, and free booklets and literature provided, our members are able to equip themselves with valuable health knowledge for the future ahead. The course is available immediately at no cost!

See the flyer below for more information about the Course and how to register by phone or email. For further information you can visit the Equip4Life Website www.equip4life.com.au