Protecting older Australians: COVID-19 update 21 April 2020

What’s new: Living with dementia webinar and Update on respite care.

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Health sector

Today’s newsletter contains information on a webinar on Living with Dementia, which will hosted on today, Tuesday 21 April and clarification on advice we provided in our 17 April newsletter regarding respite care.

Once again, we are reminding everyone working in aged care to stay at home if you are unwell. It is the best thing you can do for the vulnerable people you care for.

As always, many thanks to you and your teams for your continued support to protect older Australians.

Living with Dementia Webinar

At 3pm, Tuesday 21 April the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) will be hosting a webinar on Living with Dementia during COVID-19 and how we can help.

A panel of experts will discuss:

  • the impact and challenges for people living with dementia, their carers, families and friends during COVID-19
  • positive strategies that can assist people living with dementia during this time

Find more details on the webinar and registrations.

The webinar will also be recorded and available for later viewing on OPAN’s website.

Update on Respite Care

An update on respite care was included in the daily newsletter released on 17 April. We have received some feedback from the aged care sector regarding this update and wish to clarify the Department’s advice.

While the Department continues to encourage service providers to accept clients in need of respite where safe to do so, all services must comply with social distancing measures.  Please also review infection control measures and social restriction requirements to ensure client safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Coming Soon

  • Advice for isolating workers who work at multiple aged care facilities
  • A webinar on learnings from COVID-19 outbreaks (date TBC)

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