An advisory group has been established by the Government to guide development and implementation of a response plan focusing on the unique health needs of people with disability during the coronavirus pandemic.
The advisory group is chaired by a senior official from the Department of Health and includes experts from the disability sector, academia, clinical practice, nursing, Australian government officials, and state and territory government representatives.
The advisory group, endorsed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), will develop and implement the Management and Operational Plan for People with Disability. The advisory group aims to deliver the Plan to the AHPCC on Thursday 9 April, for immediate action.
The Plan will form part of the Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for COVID-19 and will ensure the health care needs of people with disability, their families and carers can be met during the pandemic, including access to coronavirus screening, prevention and health care.
The Plan will give priority to individuals whose disability and current health status places them at the greatest risk from coronavirus. This includes people with intellectual disability and people who have complex support needs— behavioural, social, or physical—to undertake the activities of daily living.
Source: Joint media release The Hon. Greg Hunt MP Minister for Health Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service and Cabinet; The Hon. Anne Ruston MP Minister for Families and Social Services; The Hon. Stuart Robert MP Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme Minister for Government Services dated 3 April 2020.