Date published: 
22 August 2020
Intended audience: 
General public
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This statement has been archived.

AHPPC recognised early in the COVID-19 pandemic that residents of residential aged care facilities (RACFs) were particularly vulnerable, and at risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Accordingly, the health and wellbeing of this population has been in the deliberations of the AHPPC throughout the pandemic.

Key national statements and guidelines reviewed and endorsed by the AHPPC relating to aged care are as follows:

While the AHPPC has endorsed plans relating to aged care, and their revisions, jurisdictions implement these plans within the context of their own epidemiological and system contexts.

To further strengthen preparedness for rapid response to future COVID-19 outbreaks in aged care, on Friday 7 August National Cabinet agreed to the development of joint Commonwealth–state/territory plans to boost aged care preparedness and rapid response.

To complement emergency response planning, a guide to establishment of an aged care health emergency response operations centre has also been developed, based on lessons learned from the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre and COVID-19 outbreaks in aged care across the country.

A time-limited AHPPC Aged Care Advisory Group will be established to support the national public health emergency response to COVID-19 in aged care. The Advisory Group will bring together expertise about the aged care sector, infection control, emergency preparedness and public health response.