Improving health care for disabled people in COVID-19 and beyond: Lessons from Australia and England.
AuthorKavanagh, A; Dickinson, H; Carey, G; Llewellyn, G; Emerson, E; Disney, G; Hatton, C
Source TitleDisability and Health Journal
AffiliationMelbourne School of Population and Global Health
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsKavanagh, A., Dickinson, H., Carey, G., Llewellyn, G., Emerson, E., Disney, G. & Hatton, C. (2021). Improving health care for disabled people in COVID-19 and beyond: Lessons from Australia and England.. Disabil Health J, 14 (2), pp.101050-. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2020.101050.
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Open Access at PMChttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7969381
NHMRC Grant codeNHMRC/1116385
COVID-19 has exacerbated pre-existing difficulties children and adults with disability face accessing quality health care. Some people with disability are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 because they require support for personal care and are unable to physically distance, e.g. those living in congregate settings. Additionally, some people with disability have health conditions that put them at higher risk of poor outcomes if they become infected. Despite this, governments have been slow to recognise, and respond to, the unique and diverse health care needs of people with disability during COVID-19. While some countries, including Australia, have improved access to high-quality health care for people with disability others, like England, have failed to support their citizens with disability. In this Commentary we describe the health care responses of England and Australia and make recommendations for rapidly improving health care for people with disability in the pandemic and beyond.
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