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There is a new or "novel" coronavirus (now referred to as Coronavirus Disease or COVID-19) originating from Wuhan, Hubei Province in China with at least 450 cases confirmed in Australia with six deaths so far. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the spread of Coronavirus disease a pandemic.

To read the full article go to IDEAS Coronavirus pandemic article 

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Floodwaters have inundated many parts of New South Wales and Queensland with torrential rain exceeding 260 mm in coastal areas on the weekend. Many regions now affected by flash flooding and storm damage have been battling bushfire emergencies for months.

To read the full article, go to: IDEAS From Fires to Floods Article

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Communities are again being reminded to take extra care of their health while smoke continues to impact several areas in NSW during the bushfire emergency.

To read the full article, go to: IDEAS NSW Health Warning Article

What support is available for people with disabilities affected by the current bushfire crisis across Australia?

To find out, go to IDEAS Bushfire Crisis Information Article