This fact sheet provides updated information for providers of aged care on effective infection prevention and control capability. This is critical to the safe, effective delivery of personal and clinical care in aged care. This is particularly the case during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
To ensure that residential aged care providers are better prepared to prevent and respond to infectious diseases, including COVID-19 and influenza, residential aged care providers must appoint at least one nursing staff member as an infection prevention and control (IPC) lead.
Guidance regarding the requirements of IPC lead(s) is included in the letter sent to each residential aged care provider from the Secretary of the Department of Health, Dr. Brendan Murphy, dated 6 November 2020.