Under its Terms of Reference, the Aged Care Advisory Group is responsible for providing aged care policy advice to the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) to support the national response to COVID-19 in the aged care sector.
ACAG brings together expertise about the aged care sector, infection control, emergency preparedness and public health response.
ACAG builds on existing preparation and planning already undertaken by AHPPC, aged care providers and individual jurisdictions.
The ACAG is a time-limited advisory group under the auspices of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) to support the Commonwealth, State and Territory agencies and aged care service providers in preparation and planning for prevention, management and recovery of COVID-19 outbreaks in aged care settings.
The Aged Care Advisory Group works with reference to the Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus and the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) National Guidelines for the Prevention, Control and Public Health Management of COVID-19 Outbreaks in Residential Care Facilities in Australia and with the CDNA as required to:
Chair | Professor Michael Kidd AM | Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health
Ms Andrea Coote | Chair, Aged Care Quality and Safety Advisory Council
Dr Paresh Dawda | Principal and Director Prestantia Health
Mr Craig Gear OAM | Chief Executive Officer, Older Persons Advocacy Network
Professor Lyn Gilbert AO | Clinical Professor Medicine (Immunology and Infectious Diseases)
Adjunct Professor Alan Lilly | Principal, Acumenity
Professor Allison McMillan | Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Department of Health
Dr Linda Mellors | Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Regis Aged Care
Associate Professor Michael Murray AM | Head of Geriatric Medicine at Austin Health
Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor Mary O’Reilly | Director, Infectious Diseases and Infection Prevention and Control, Eastern Health VIC
Professor Craig Whitehead | Director, Rehabilitation and Aged Care, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network
Dr Melanie Wroth | Chief Clinical Advisor, Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission
Two State/Territory members to be confirmed in addition.