Catholic Health Australia, the largest non-government grouping of aged care services in the country, has thanked its workers as they continue to provide care in the face of a surging pandemic.
CHA, whose Victorian members include Mercy, St Vincent’s and VMCH, said its aged care workers were doing an “amazing job” as they battle a second surge of COVID cases in Victoria.
CHA chief executive Pat Garcia said: “Our workers are there on the frontline – they are quite literally the bulwark between the pandemic and the most vulnerable in our community.
“Staff are working long hours filling in the gaps in rosters for their colleagues who have been forced to self-isolate. They continue to provide care to the best of their ability while maintaining the strictest measures to keep facilities free of infection.
“I commend them for their dedication to duty and the compassion and care they continue to show their residents.”
Mr Garcia said the aged care sector workforce had long been seeking more training and greater government support to do their jobs.
“I welcome the support shown for them by Health Minister (Greg) Hunt and by Aged Care Minister (Richard) Colbeck - I know it will be appreciated by our staff.”
Mr Garcia thanked the Victorian and Commonwealth governments for practical support, namely the creation of the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre to coordinate additional support for the sector and the release of more personal protective equipment from government stockpiles.