ACT Government provides extra RATs for People with Disability

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The ACT government’s urging self-managed NDIS participants to just ask if they need Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs),

The Office for Disability has just sent out a reminder – together with an online link to an application form. Eligible agencies can also apply for the tests.

It’s all part of the effort to ensure people with disability and community aged care sector workers are receiving appropriate supports as the Omicron strain continues spreading rapidly through the community.

Because of shortages, the Office says the scheme is only currently available to “organisations that employ front line workers providing in-home personal care supports and services to people with disability and older Canberrans who have increased vulnerability to the impacts of COVID-19′, as well as “self-managing participants of NDIS who use support workers to provide in-home personal care”. This is so that all front-line workers can check their Covid status.

The Office says “RATs will be provided in allocations for a one-week period and are limited to five tests, per week, per worker”.

It added that although supports are normally funded and regulated by the federal government because supply of the tests is still limited the ACT Government is making extra efforts to respond to community need. It insisted that the current supply of RATs should be considered a “last resort’, only to be used by providers “to allow continued service delivery”.

The release has asked anyone requiring information or application forms to email CSDPPE@act.gov.au

Nic Stuart

Nicholas Stuart is an author (Kevin Rudd, an unauthorised political biography; What Goes Up, behind the 2007 election; Kevin Rudd, 2007 - 2011) and columnist with the Canberra Times. He was the ABC's Indochina Correspondent when he suffered a significant head injury in a car crash in Bangkok.

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