70 disability advocacy organisations push National Cabinet for same access to PPE as aged care workers after support worker dies from COVID-19

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The national, State and Territory groups want the Government to ensure the supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and recognise carers as an essential service, saying people with a disability and their carers are not getting access to PPE.

The letter follows the death of 55-year-old Victorian disability worker Sumith Premachandra, who died at the weekend after contracting the virus.

The organisations also say they are concerned that people who rely on support workers could be abandoned if community transmission increased, and want access to priority testing for people with a disability and support workers.

The Federal Government has created an advisory group to develop a pandemic emergency response plan for people with a disability, which met last Friday and an emergency action plan is expected to be finalised this week.

But with PPE shortages already reported across the healthcare and aged care sectors, will the Government give disability a look-in?

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