The health department is seeking a cross section of residential aged care providers to join a series of online workshops to inform an analysis of Australia’s COVID-19 outbreaks in care homes.

The department has commissioned Professor Lyn Gilbert and Adjunct Professor Alan Lilly to undertake the National Review of COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian Residential Aged Care Facilities.

The pair, who undertook two reviews into outbreaks in four aged care homes in NSW and Victoria, will examine lessons learnt from the management of outbreaks nationally.

The reviewers are holding four workshops for a total of 200 participants in March to hear about the direct experience of individual providers and their views on what defines success in preventing and responding to outbreaks in residential care.

The review aims to identify factors that could help reduce the risk of future outbreaks, increase the rapid detection of COVID or other infectious disease outbreaks, and ensure a timely response to outbreaks.

It will make recommendations to government about how it can support, monitor and evaluate providers’ preparedness and responsiveness to potential outbreaks.

The review also includes forthcoming online surveys for residential aged care facilities and interviews with providers, which are already underway.  

There are fifty seats available to providers in each of the two-and-a-half hour workshops on:

  • Wednesday 10 March at 9:30am
  • Monday 15 March at 9:30am
  • Tuesday 16 March at 9:30am and 2:30pm

Aged care organisations should only nominate one person who can represent the views of the provider to attend. Register here.

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