Senior Australians in aged care and at home remain the focus of a plan of action from the Morrison Government aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19.
Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Richard Colbeck, today outlined the measures in place to protect residents, staff and their families at facilities across the country.
The front line of defence starts with a funding boost of $101.2 million with a focus on:
• Upskilling aged care workers in coronavirus infection control;
• Boosting staff numbers, support and training for residential care homes where an urgent health response is required;
• A telehealth consultation service provided by doctors, both GPs and specialists, for anyone over the age of 70;
• Specialist onsite pathology services ensuring residents don’t have to leave facilities and to quickly respond to potential cases; and
• Additional funds allowing the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission to work with providers on improving infection control.