Victoria’s Greek community calls for authorities to investigate aged care outbreaks

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In a statement released this afternoon, the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne has called on the Federal Government, Victorian Government and other stakeholders to investigate what went wrong in Victoria’s aged care sector.

Full statement in English:

The Greek-Australian community has been heavily impacted by COVID-19.   In particular, there is a high proportion of elderly Greek-Australians, especially in aged care, that have passed away due to COVID-19 or are currently in hospital fighting for their life as a result of this pandemic.

The GCM is extremely saddened by this and is calling on the industry’s governing authorities to leave no stone unturned in investigating what went wrong and what needs to be urgently fixed to provide the care some of our most vulnerable community members deserve.

We note that the Royal Commission in Aged Care has closed submissions at the end of July and are concerned that the matters specific to the management of this pandemic in Victorian facilities are not fully embraced within its investigations and considerations.

We call on the Federal Government, Victorian Government and other stakeholders to conduct whatever assessments are needed and determine what needs to be put in place moving forward so as to never see a tragedy like the one we are living through ever take place again.

Full statement in Greek:

Η Ελληνο-Αυστραλιανή κοινότητα έχει επηρεαστεί σε μεγάλο βαθμό από τον COVID-19. Συγκεκριμένα, υπάρχει ένα υψηλό ποσοστό ηλικιωμένων Ελλήνοαυστραλών, ειδικά σε οίκους ευγηρείας, που έχουν πεθάνει λόγω του COVID-19 ή επί του παρόντος βρίσκονται σε νοσοκομείο δίνοντας μάχη για τη ζωή τους ως αποτέλεσμα αυτής της πανδημίας.

Η Ελληνική Κοινότητα Μελβούρνης λυπάται και ανησυχεί για το γεγονός αυτό και καλεί τις αρμόδιες κυβερνητικές αρχές να εξασφαλίσουν ότι θα διερευνήσουν τα λάθη που έγιναν και τι πρέπει να διορθωθεί επειγόντως για να προσφέρουν τη φροντίδα που αξίζουν τα πιο ευάλωτα μέλη της κοινότητάς μας.

Σημειώνουμε ότι η Βασιλική Έρευνα για τη Φροντίδα των Ηλικιωμένων έκλεισε στα τέλη Ιουλίου και εκφράζονται ανησυχίες ότι τα προβλήματα που αφορούν ειδικά τη διαχείριση αυτής της πανδημίας στους οίκους ευγηρείας της Βικτώριας δεν περιλαμβάνονται πλήρως στις έρευνες και τις εκτιμήσεις της.

Καλούμε την Ομοσπονδιακή Κυβέρνηση, την Κυβέρνηση της Βικτώριας και άλλους ενδιαφερόμενους να πραγματοποιήσουν οποιεσδήποτε έρευνες χρειάζονται και να καθορίσουν τι πρέπει να γίνει ώστε να μην δούμε ποτέ να επαναλαμβάνεται μια τραγωδία όπως αυτή που ζούμε.

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