Thursday, 27 August 2020
Questions without Notice
COVID-19: Aged Care
Honourable members interjecting—
As I said, more generally across the country, 14 million masks have been provided to aged-care facilities. In relation to gowns, three million have been provided. In relation to sets of gloves, 7.66 million pairs have been provided to aged-care facilities. In relation to, specifically, P2 respirators, there are approximately 1.3 million. And, over yesterday, we had approximately 50,000 masks provided within Victoria. So there is an ongoing and continuous supply made available. I am aware that, in some facilities, they may have had distribution challenges, but what we do, whether it's through AUSMAT, whether it's through the work of the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre—
Mr Albanese interjecting—
Mr Dutton interjecting—
In addition, through AUSMAT and the ADF, through the work of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner and through the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre, we engage with every facility that has need, and we work with the National Medical Stockpile to ensure that those distributions are made. The other thing that I would add is that there have been 3,167,245 goggles or face shields distributed to aged care in Victoria.