Submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety on the Impact of COVID-19 on Aged Care Services


Summary

Date: 6 August 2020

The RACGP welcomes the opportunity to provide comments and feedback on the impact of COVID-19 on the aged care sector. The healthcare needs of residents in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) are high and often complex, involving the management of multiple chronic health conditions. Providing high quality medical care for elderly people living in RACFs requires specific knowledge, clinical skills, attitudes and practice arrangements.

GPs are the main providers of medical care to elderly people; this has become even more apparent in the current COVID-19 environment. The RACGP raises several primary care interface related concerns in this submission.

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