On 16 April 2020, the National Cabinet in Australia came together to release the Management and Operational Plan for COVID-19 for People with Disability. This plan aimed to ensure that people with disabilities received the support and care they needed during the pandemic. It was recognised that people with disabilities may be particularly vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19 and therefore needed additional support. The plan was developed with the input of disability advocacy groups, health professionals, and government agencies. It contained several key strategies to address the needs of people with disabilities during the pandemic. These strategies included ensuring that people with disabilities had access to accurate information about COVID-19 and its impact, providing additional support for those in residential care facilities, and ensuring that disability services continued to operate during the pandemic. One of the key elements of the plan was the establishment of a Disability Advisory Committee. This committee was tasked with providing advice and guidance to the government on issues relating to COVID-19 and people with disabilities. The committee included representatives from disability advocacy groups, health professionals, and government agencies. Overall, the Management and Operational Plan for COVID-19 for People with Disability was a significant step forward in ensuring that people with disabilities received the support they needed during the pandemic. It recognised the unique challenges faced by people with disabilities and put in place strategies to address these challenges. It was an important example of how government, advocacy groups, and health professionals could work together to support vulnerable members of the community during a crisis. An Easy Read version of the Plan is available: https://bit.ly/2W0VTYO. The Australian Government Department of Health will oversee the Plan’s implementation.
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