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The Australian Government’s plan to protect the health of people with disability

After weeks of urging from the disability advocacy peaks, the Australian Government Department of Health recently published the Management and Operational Plan for People with Disability. The Plan outlines the Australian Government’s response to coronavirus and more specifically, how they plan to protect and support people with disability, their families and carers.

The Australian Government has now made a specific commitment to making sure that people with disability, their families and carers have the same access to health care as other Australians during the coronavirus pandemic. This includes accessible health care advice and access to essential supports and services.

The Plan is split into two parts – the Management Plan, which outlines the overall plan and how people with disability are affected by coronavirus. And the Operational Plan, which outlines how the Australian Government will work with state and territory governments, the health sector and disability sector to put the plan into action.

The Operational Plan includes supporting people with disability by:

  • sharing the latest health information in a range of accessible formats
  • finding out as much as possible about coronavirus and how it affects people with disability
  • making sure people with disability can get the supports they normally use
  • training health care and disability support workers about the best ways to protect against coronavirus
  • making plans so it will be easy to go back to normal after coronavirus.

You can find the original Plan and accessible versions on the Department of Health website.

22 April 2020