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.
On 6 May 2020, the Royal Commission issued a further statement on the impact of COVID-19 on aged care.
On 14 May 2020, the Commissioners announced they will inquire into certain issues arising from the responses to COVID-19.
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.
Call for submissions on impact of COVID-19 on aged care services
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is calling for submissions from the general public and organisations relating to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the aged care sector. Read the media release and visit our submissions page for more information.
If you would like advice about the Coronavirus, or have questions regarding aged care services during this time, please visit the below sites:
Last updated on 14 May 2020.