Maintaining connections though the Network’s first online meeting
In March, the Geelong Regional Network adapted easily for their first videoconferencing meeting. Due to the current challenging and unique global situation, all Regional and Community Networks are being held online instead of meeting face-to-face.
Although many members of the Geelong Regional Network have not used Zoom before, it was a straightforward process to get into the meetings. Members entered the meeting by simply clicking the meeting’s hyperlink or by calling the meeting’s landline number.
Zoom is an online platform used for videoconferencing meetings. You can choose to be in the meeting using your computer, smartphone or by landline. You can choose to connect with video and audio, or just audio.
It was exciting to try “Zoom” as new way of engaging with different members of the community, especially with members who previously could not attend meetings due to time or distance.
Each member shared how they were managing their health, medical appointments, carers, equipment and supplies, and social life in these times of physical distancing. It was a good opportunity to share tips and new perspectives. The group agreed that it was important to continue their regular routines as normal and safe as possible. For example, following up with medical appointments through Telehealth, persisting with TAC, NDIS or My Aged Care for plans or equipment orders over the phone, doing indoor and outdoor exercises, and having honest conversations with carers (see link here).
The Network also brainstormed activities for future Zoom meetings, which include an introduction to philosophy, mental health and resilience, medical marijuana, board games.
It was a successful first online meeting to share thoughts and to remain connected with each other.
Details of our next event
Wednesday, 22 Apr 2020
Zoom - online videoconferencing
Introduction to philosophy
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