Kevin Stone AM, our CEO, appeared on ABC News last night. He was asked what the biggest concerns for the sector are during coronavirus. Here is what Kevin had to say:
“The biggest concern is the alarm bells are ringing and we are hoping that the right people are hearing, but it just doesn’t seem to be the case.
“The Commonwealth not coming to the party on the rapid response group was unforgivable.
“They must take responsibility. They can’t walk away from this. The numbers may be low still in Victoria at disability homes, but all the signs are there, all the same conditions that prevailed in aged care facilities exist within our group home system with people with disabilities.
“[What we need is] a joint planning committee to actually respond in a collaborative, cooperative way. I am completely over the buckpassing that exists in this system. Now is not the time for political games.
“Aren’t people with disability good enough? Don’t they deserve to be Australians? This idea that they are just Victorians and the Victorian Government should carry it all is just outrageous.”
“They need that support. And their staff, they need support, they need to be recognised for the work that they do.”
You can watch the full interview here