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Victorian aged care response centre to tackle COVID-19 crisis

The Australian Government is establishing a Victorian Aged Care Response Centre to co-ordinate and expand resources to tackle the challenge of COVID-19 in age care services. The Victorian Aged Care Response Centre will bring together Commonwealth and State government agencies at the State Control Centre in Melbourne in a co-ordinated effort to manage the impact of the pandemic across facilities. Minister for Health, Greg Hunt and Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Richard Colbeck, said the Federal Government-led centre...
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The Hon Richard Colbeck

The Hon Richard Colbeck

Richard Colbeck is a Liberal Senator for Tasmania and the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians and the Minister for Youth and Sport. Prior to entering politics in 2002, Senator Colbeck worked in the construction industry for more than two decades, starting as an apprentice and going on to own his own business. He served as an Alderman on the Devonport City Council, a Director of the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and President of the Devonport Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Richard has served as Minister for Tourism and International Education, Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and twice as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture. He also held Shadow Parliamentary Secretary roles in the Health, Industry and Innovation, and Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Portfolios. Senator Colbeck is a proud Tasmanian and lives in Devonport with his wife Gaylene, they have three children.

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Face masks required for aged care workers in Melbourne hotspots

Aged care staff who work in residential facilities or provide home care support across Victoria’s lock down zones will be required to wear surgical masks following recommendations from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC). The latest advice for aged care workers is in addition to all other infection control and staff screening measures already in place across the sector to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Minister for Health, Greg Hunt and Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians...
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National sign language interpreting service for aged care

A free sign language interpreting service will soon be available for senior Australians who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing. The service will provide appropriate sign language assistance to people who are receiving or want to access aged care services. Starting this month, it will be available to improve interactions with My Aged Care, aged care assessors, service providers and related organisations. Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Richard Colbeck, said Auslan Connections would deliver the service ensuring...
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Government promises $205m for aged care resident safety

Residential aged care providers will benefit from an additional COVID-19 specific support package totalling $205 million under targeted measures announced today by the Morrison Government. It takes the total COVID-19 specific Federal Government funding for aged care to more than $850 million. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the latest injection of funds was aimed at ensuring aged care providers can offer reinforced levels of safety and care for those who need it most. “Senior Australians are highly vulnerable to coronavirus...
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