Additional support for Victoria’s aged care residents and workers

July 23, 2020

The VHA welcomes the additional measures announced this week to ensure aged care providers are better equipped to minimise the spread of COVID-19 and continue providing quality care.

As Australia’s largest provider of public sector residential aged care services, Victoria has been managing the complexities of COVID-19 and aged care since the outbreak of the pandemic earlier in the year, including workforce impacts and visitor restrictions.

VHA Chief Executive Tom Symondson is delighted to see the strong commitment from both levels of government and echoes the statement made by the Victorian Minister for Disability, Aging and Carers Luke Donnellan in recognising the outstanding job of the aged care workforce in very difficult circumstances.

‘While every day seems to throw a new challenge at aged care workers, they continue to respond with high quality care in extremely challenging and complex situations, and I applaud them for their dedication particularly at this time,’ Mr Symondson says.

Key measures include:

  • Workforce funding support for residential and home care providers including a one-off $1,500 payment to support Victorian aged care workers instructed by the department to self-isolate or quarantine at home because they are either diagnosed with COVID-19 or are a close contact of a confirmed case, but can’t rely on sick leave while missing work.
  • reducing workforce sharing across sites
  • more Infection control training
  • enhanced surveillance and contact tracing
  • increased contact tracing and testing
  • additional capacity to care for aged care residents from outbreak sites.

Read more about the additional measures here.