With considerable resources from the Aged Care sector and Government now required in the campaign to keep Senior Australians safe during the COVID-19 outbreak – several long term measures will be put on hold for at least six months.
The Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC) assessment trial, the 2020 Aged Care Approval Round and the implementation of the home care payment alignment project will all be postponed as the Morrison Government deals with an unprecedented health emergency.
But Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Richard Colbeck, said the support for our loved ones would remain a priority.
Additional funding of $444.6 million is expected to strengthen the industry, with specific mechanisms to reinforce the aged care workforce and training.
An online infection prevention and control training module is among measures and has been completed by over 25,000 staff so far.
“Making sure aged care providers can continue to provide safe, quality care for residents is our combined goal,” Minister Colbeck said.
“The risk of serious illness from COVID-19 increases with age so we want to make sure Senior Australians are not at increased risk by exposure to non-essential visitors, including assessors.”