Federal Government launches independent investigation into Newmarch House outbreak – due to report within a month

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7 News has revealed the Department of Health has appointed two independent experts to “examine the extent, impact, management and contributory cases of the COVID-19 outbreak” at the Western Sydney home that led to the deaths of 19 residents.

In total, 37 residents and 34 staff were infected.

They have aired a report stating the home’s operator Anglicare wrote to families last week to inform them of the investigation on behalf of the Department, with families given a week to register their interest to give evidence.

“We understand that while these are tight timeframes, it is important to quickly identify lessons learnt so that we can share these with aged care providers,” the Department wrote.

The turnaround will indeed be fast.

The final report will be due in a month with the findings to be released publicly and also forwarded onto the Royal Commission, which is also due to examine the COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian aged care homes.