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AAG July 2020 response to COVID-19 spread in Victoria
On 30 July 2020, AAG released the Statement below in response to the spread of COVID-19 in Victorian residential aged care facilities. In this statement, AAG commends the efforts all those working in aged care facilities and acknowledges the complexity of the epidemiological, societal and individual issues that must be balanced in trying to control the COVID-19 outbreaks in Victorian residential aged care facilities. The differing opinions on how the outbreaks should be managed amongst the public are reflected in our own membership.
This statement reflects that AAG members are agreement that fundamental human rights must be upheld throughout all COVID-19 responses based on principles of equity and autonomy. In addition, it must be ensured that aged care residents receive the same access to health care as Australians living in other types of accommodation. AAG calls for an increase in health care clinicians (including registered nurses, nurse practitioners, general practitioners, geriatricians and allied health professionals) available to support residential aged care facility staff, as well as the option to provide in-reach acute health services in residential aged care facilities during the pandemic.
Download the AAG Statement- Responding to COVID-19 spread in Victorian aged care facilities as a PDF