The impact of COVID-19 on the Australian Health Sector will be far-reaching. For a long time.
Like you, our immediate priority is “flattening the curve” and minimising the spread of the coronavirus. We are also working with our clients, partners and colleagues on how to manage the impact.
The Government, Chief Advisors and associated Departments are continuously exploring options to reduce the impact of this situation on Australia’s Acute Public & Private Hospital System.
What other plans do we have in place to minimise this burden and coordinate efforts with the aged care industry?
At Mirus Australia we capture and review the occupancy rates across approximately 72,000 aged care beds across Australia very month.
At the time of this global health crisis, the Australian Aged Care Industry is experiencing one of the lowest years of reported occupied bed days with most Private Operators having only 89% of Beds occupied and NfP having about 92% beds filled.**
This means that approximately 7,200 beds are potentially available. That we know about.
There are already skilled staff in aged care who are capable of managing numerous Complex Health Care conditions and to provide quality clinical care to support older Australian and support their families.
Australian’s healthcare system needs help to coordinate.
Typically a process of 2 weeks is required to obtain an Aged Care Assessment or ACAT, so how can we leverage emergency respite allowances during this time?
Situations where emergency respite care might be needed, include:
- death of a primary carer
- major illness of a primary carer
- an urgent situation that makes it difficult for your carer to look after you.
And what about end-of-life care?
Finding the right palliative care provider based on location, the older person and the care recipients (family and friends) needs and the specialised clinical skills required, not to mention emotional well-being, cultural or religious requirements – all are critical.
This is also a capacity and technology challenge. We seek the opportunity to reduce the administration burden on our Health sector. We are ready to help because we see the growing need, and we see an answer – one that we need right now.
** As per reporting across 72,000 beds on 24/03/2020
Available immediately for comment and conversation:
James Price | Co-founder | James.Price@mirus.group