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Australian Army officer Captain Chanel Aguilar (left) assists Ms Lisa Morgan conduct administration as part of Operation COVID-19 Assist. Photographer, Sig Andrew Foote

Aircraftwoman Kate Ogilvie, Medical Technician from 1 Expeditionary Health Squadron, brings lunch to a resident at the Menarock Life McGregor Gardens Aged Care facility, Pakenham, Victoria. Photographer, LACW Jacquelin Forrester

The Australian Defence Force is providing clinical and non-clinical support to the aged care sector in partnership wIth the Department of Health’s state network. This arrangement is intended to help stabilise COVID-19 outbreaks, support workforce shortages in residential aged care facilities experiencing a significant outbreak, and supplement existing Commonwealth workforce surge measures.

At the request of Emergency Management Australia, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) is providing military planners as well as augmentation and ADF-only quick reaction teams to support aged care facilities in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These support teams will include a number of roles including team leaders, registered and enrolled nurses, and supporting personnel. The placement of personnel will be made in consultation with the Department of Health.

Australian Army soldier Private Bailey Furness (left) shares a laugh with Mr Brian Sellwood during Operation COVID-19 Assist. Photographer, Sig Andrew Foote

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