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Canberra Times—Omicron wreaks havoc on NSW's vulnerable

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A 53-year-old Sydney woman, Ellie Robertson, lives with spinal muscular atrophy and relies on four shifts daily from support workers to get out of bed, shower and dress, go to the bathroom and get back into bed.

She has been hit hard by disability staff shortages. As the COVID-19 Omicron variant swept through NSW, at one point five of her team of seven of her carers were either infected or self-isolating.

National Disability Services chief Laurie Leigh says some providers have lost up to 30 per cent of their workforce. 

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