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There are groups in our community who are more at risk of getting coronavirus, such as people with disability. The Australian Government has written a plan to help keep people with disability safe.
People with disability have a higher risk of getting coronavirus because they might:
Many people with disability also need to have close contact with people from outside their home who support them.
People with disability are more likely to be affected by respiratory diseases, like asthma and pneumonia. Coronavirus can make these diseases worse because it can also affect your lungs and how well you breathe.
The Australian Government has made a new health plan for people with disability. They are working with state and territory governments, the health sector and the disability sector to support people with disability by:
This information comes from the Management and Operational Plan for People with Disability published by the Department of Health.
You can find the original Plan on the Department of Health website.
You can also find the Easy Read version – Coronavirus (COVID-19): Our plan for keeping people with disability safe (PDF).
The implementation plan is still being rolled out. Keep an eye out for new resources that are specifically about support for people with disability.
Self-managing NDIS participants (and other NDIS providers) can apply for Personal Protective Equipment by emailing NDISCOVIDPPE@health.gov.au