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Support for Aged Care
The Morrison Government has invested a further $132.2 million in its response to the Aged Care Royal Commission’s recommendations on COVID-19, as of November 30th, 2020.
The Government accepted and is acting on all six recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety as previously announced in October 2020.
The $132.2 million package includes $63.3 million for a range of Medical Benefits Schedule (MBS) measures including mental and allied health support, and additional allied health group services, $57.8 million to support the costs of engaging infection prevention leads in facilities, and a further $11.1 million towards a Serious Incident Response Scheme.
These measures mark not only an improvement in access to mental and allied health services for senior Australian in aged care, but also provides additional funding to GPs and allied health professionals delivering in-person cares in facilities nationwide.
The Government’s full response to the Aged Care Royal Commission’s report on COVID-19 and progress on its implementation can be found here.
The Updated National COVID-19 Aged Care Plan–7th Edition can be found here.