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Sydney Hearing 2

The response to COVID-19 in aged care

Sydney Hearing 2 will inquire into the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in aged care, and what can be learned from this experience for responding to future pandemics, infectious disease outbreaks or other emergencies.

Date: 10 – 13 August 2020 
Location: There will be no public access. Please follow the hearing on the live webcast.
Time: 10:00am local time

Leave to appear

Applications for leave to appear should be submitted by 4pm on Monday, 27 July 2020. Applications received after this time will be considered.

Any application for leave to appear will be determined in accordance with Practice Guideline 3 and must be made using the Royal Commission’s application form. Practice Guideline 3 and the application for leave to appear form are available for download below:

Scope and purpose

This hearing will inquire into the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in aged care, and what can be learned from this experience for responding to future pandemics, infectious disease outbreaks or other emergencies. The inquiry will focus on:

  • the role and responsibilities of State, Territory and Federal governments in responding to such crises in aged care services
  • what should be done and by whom in the future to support the aged care sector to respond to pandemics, infectious disease outbreaks or other emergencies
  • the balance between managing risks posed by a future pandemic or infectious disease outbreak and maintaining the overall health and wellbeing of aged care recipients including their mental health and quality of life
  • the measures taken by the health and aged care sectors to respond to the pandemic including transporting infected residents to hospital
  • the impact of those measures on older Australians receiving aged care services, their families and their carers
  • challenges faced by the aged care sector including those relating to management, workforce and access to personal protective equipment
  • any other related matters.

The Royal Commission will learn from how residential aged care facilities including Newmarch House, Dorothy Henderson Lodge and Opal Care Bankstown responded to the crisis, and what more could have been done to support them. The focus of the inquiry will be upon the lessons that can be learnt for responding to future pandemics or infectious disease outbreaks. The purpose of the inquiry is not to find fault or apportion blame.

Directions

Documents

Exhibits

To see a full list of all exhibits tendered to the Royal Commission please visit the Document Library.

Publications

The Royal Commission will publish its reports and other papers as they become available.  A range of research papers, background papers and related publications are also available.