The Government failed to audit nursing homes’ stock of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the weeks before fresh COVID outbreaks in Victoria despite more than 1,000 aged care providers requesting access to the national stockpile.
With reports of aged care providers in Victoria now facing shortages of PPE, this serious lapse in oversight is deeply concerning and evidence of the Government’s failure to adequately prepare Australia’s vulnerable nursing homes for COVID-19 outbreak.
In the critical weeks leading up to...
Julie Collins MP
Shadow Minister For Ageing And Mental Health
Julie Collins is the Federal Member for Franklin and Labor’s Federal Shadow Minister for Ageing and Mental Health.
The Morrison Government must urgently assure all Australians that residential aged care facilities are safe and prepared for COVID-19.
It is deeply concerning a facility in Essendon with the largest outbreak of COVID-19 in aged care has not been audited by the Morrison Government’s aged care regulator in more than three years.
This was despite the provider being hauled before the Aged Care Royal Commission in October last year after another of its Melbourne facilities was sanctioned by the regulator.
The evidence presented...
The Morrison Government delivered just 38 emergency food packages to older Australians isolating because of COVID-19 after announcing it would deliver 36,000.
This failure raises serious questions about how well the Government targeted and advertised this support for older Australians.
It is very concerning that so few emergency food packages have been delivered by the Morrison Government.
Any savings from this program must be delivered back to policies that do support older Australians.
Vulnerable older Australians cannot be left...
New figures released today reveal more than 104,000 older Australians are stilling waiting for the home care package they have been approved for.
These shocking figures follow the Aged Care Royal Commission’s interim report which called the long waiting times older Australians faced for home care ‘neglect’.
The new data confirms the Morrison Government’s response to the Royal Commission’s interim report has failed.
The Morrison Government released just 10,000 more home care packages after the scathing interim report...