Immediate response plan to focus on people with disability during coronavirus

8 April 2020

The Government is committed to ensuring the well-being of Australians with disability are considered as the coronavirus pandemic unfolds.

As such, an advisory group has been established by the Morrison 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, endorsed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, will develop and implement the Management and Operational Plan for People with Disability.

The Plan will form part of the Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for the Novel Coronavirus (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.

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