Guidelines on the rights of people with disability in health and disability care during COVID-19

COVID-19 Pandemics Disease management Infectious diseases Institutional care People with disabilities Australia

Policy responses to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and associated disease, COVID-19, including isolation and social distancing measures, may in certain circumstances have a greater impact on some people with disability, particularly those who rely on carers and other support people, and those who live or work in high-risk environments.

Treatment protocols for medical practitioners, health and disability support workers may, in certain circumstances, also have the potential to discriminate against people with disability. This occurs when unwarranted assumptions are made about people with disability or when their needs and preferences are not adequately taken into account. This discrimination may be unintentional and undertaken unknowingly.

These guidelines have been developed to support the Advisory Committee for the COVID-19 Response for People with Disability (Advisory Committee) Management and Operational Plan for People with Disability (the Plan). The Plan was developed in accordance with the Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and has been endorsed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee.

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