The World Health Organization has announced that the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a pandemic.
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has taken the precautionary step of suspending hearings and workshops until further notice due to the risk to public and staff health from the Coronavirus.
The Chair of the Aged Care Royal Commission, the Honourable Tony Pagone QC, has issued a statement of concern for the isolation of aged Australians in care due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Read the full statement.
Why are these changes being put in place?
The Royal Commissioners want to ensure robust measures are in place to protect the public, particularly frail older people, who may be at risk of contracting the virus at public events like hearings.
The Commissioners also emphasise that the health and wellbeing of staff and those engaging with the Royal Commission is critically important. The Royal Commission’s future work program will continue to be informed by public health advice.
In making this announcement, Commissioners said, “Meaningful engagement with the sector is paramount to the work of the Royal Commission’s inquiry into aged care quality and safety, which is why we have decided to suspend all hearings and workshops. We must allow service providers and Government to focus fully on their response to the pandemic.”
Please read the full media release.
If you would like advice about the Coronavirus, or have questions regarding aged care services during this time, please visit the below sites
Coronavirus advice from the Australian Government
Coronavirus advice for the health and aged care sector
Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission COVID-19 information
Last updated Last updated March 27 2020