Deeply concerned: Disability Royal Commission on COVID threat

Chair of the Royal Commission, The Hon Ronald Sackville
Photo: Chair of the Royal Commission, The Hon Ronald Sackville

The Disability Royal Commission has released a Statement of Ongoing Concern over the lack of COVID19 protections for people with disability.

Concerns include inequality and discrimination in services impacting the health, safety, and wellbeing of people with disability.

In a statement, the Chair of the Royal Commission Hon Ronald Sackville said protections against COVID19 must be provided in a timely manner.

Urgent Need for Covid Protection

“The pandemic continues to expose the underlying inequities, discrimination and exclusion that people with disability experience in the delivery of fundamental services and supports,’ Mr Sackville said.

‘The more virulent Omicron variant, combined with the significant easing of restrictions across many states and territories late last year, has created problems for people with disability.”

The Royal Commission is urging people with disability, their families and support workers who have been impacted by the Omicron wave of the pandemic to contact the Disability Royal Commission to share their experiences.

Next month the royal Commission will release an issues paper raising concerns including “the de-prioritisation of people with disability and lack of regard for their health and wellbeing during the pandemic” the Commission said.

Also under examination is access to vaccines, lack of PPE and the disruption to disability services.

People can make a submission here or apply for a private session

 

 

 

Staff Correspondent

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