COAG’s Disability Reform Council (the Council) met yesterday to discuss a national response to limiting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with disability and the National Disability Insurance Scheme. They received a briefing by the Australian Government Department of Health and acknowledged some people with disability are likely to experience serious effects of the virus.The Council agreed:
NDS is very pleased that priority access to PPE and infection control training will be given to the disability sector. Many providers are on the verge of exhausting their supplies and will not be able to keep supporting NDIS participants with their personal care and health-related support needs unless they receive an urgent delivery.The Council's priorities lack detail, which is not surprising given the speed at which the COVID-19 situation is evolving. The Council has indicated it will announce specific measures to address these priorities over coming days.The Council notes that COVID-19 responses will be coordinated across the Department of Social Services, NDIA, NDIS Commission, Department of Health, and states and territories. Communication with participants, carers and providers will be led by the NDIA via its website, Facebook and Twitter. Alerts, information and training resources for providers will be distributed via the NDIS Commission’s website.