COVID continues to test us in many ways but it is also bringing us together. Different member organisations have been putting their heads together to come up with solutions on how to deal with the staffing shortages that Victoria is experiencing. St Vincent's Health in Melbourne has taken the bold step of asking staff from around Australia and New Zealand to volunteer to work in Melbourne. The call is especially hard given the high level of infections among healthcare and aged care staff, which collectively now number around 2,000. It’s a sobering figure and highlights the tough and dangerous work that employees are exposed to. Meanwhile CHA is co-operating with the other aged care peaks to call on the Government to do more to support the aged care industry during this time. National Cabinet acknowledged the aged care workforce and the tremendous work that they are doing during the crisis to support older Australians. And today it will discuss how we can apply some of the lessons that we are learning from Victoria to other jurisdictions, such as co-ordination centres, the compulsory use of face masks, workforce controls and the training in activities such as face to face infection control, to name some. We will continue to support you every step of the way, and we pray for your safe conduct as you go about your day.

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