COVID-19 has been identified as a key issue for health and aged care. The Australian Government has adopted a whole of government emergency response which provides a framework for preparing for, responding to and managing COVID-19 in Australia.
Demand for acute care is anticipated to increase rapidly as the spread of COVID-19 increases. This creates new challenges in providing care at the end of life for patients with COVID-19 who are seriously ill or dying, for palliative care patients whose care may be impacted by demand for acute services, and for older Australians who may have more limited access to acute services.
Variations in guidance between countries, states and health networks may occur. Please refer to local guidance where available and consider non-pharmacological and pharmacological approaches as appropriate.