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Expanded pandemic leave critical to preventing further disaster in aged care

Release date: 06 Aug 2020

Aged care peak bodies Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA), Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) and the Aged Care Guild say paid pandemic leave needs to be available to the entire workforce, not just in hotspot areas, to prevent further tragedy in other states.

Staff being confident in taking leave is a critical factor in reducing the threat of COVID-19 in aged care.

Community transmission is putting older Australians in peril, and pandemic leave is a key plank in stopping the virus infecting our most vulnerable.

The sector made it clear from the outset back in February that pandemic leave was going to be central to halting the spread from home to home as well as keeping a lid on outbreaks more broadly.

The pandemic leave in hotspots that the federal government has funded is great but it needs to be extended.

Waiting until we have major outbreaks is too late. It should be a prevention measure alongside hospitalisation of first cases.

 

Media contacts:

Leading Age Services Australia (LASA)
Nick Way nickw@lasa.asn.au 0419 835 449

Aged Care Guild 
Shannon Rennie shannon.rennie@agedcareguild.com.au 0431 309 694

Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA)
Patrick Molan patrick.molan@essentialmedia.com.au 0418 173 201

As the peak body representing church, charitable and community-based organisations providing accommodation and care services to older people, people with a disability and their carers, ACSA can be contacted for comment on issues affecting the industry.

Areas ACSA may provide media commentary on include:  

  • Aged care reforms
  • Residential aged care
  • Home care
  • Independent and retirement living
  • Housing for older Australians
  • Palliative care
  • The aged care workforce in Australia

 

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