The Parliamentary Inquiry into the Queensland Government’s Health Response to COVID-19 has tabled its Interim Report.
COTA Queensland wrote a submission for this Inquiry and our Policy Coordinator John Stalker was called as a witness.
COVID-19 has had a profound impact on the lives of all Queenslanders – actions undertaken by the Queensland Government, health care workers and the broader community have ensured that to date the numbers infected have not been as high as originally forecast. It is hoped that a continued cautious approach to re-opening the community and the economy will ensure the future spread of COVID-19 is eliminated. COTA Queensland believes that more community participative planning and preparation needs to be undertaken to better safeguard Queenslanders from future pandemics once the threat from COVID-19 is fully addressed and to protect the human rights of all Queenslanders.
You can read the Interim Report here and see where COTA Queensland’s advice has been included along with other organisations including QDN, Health Consumers Queensland and Palliative Care Queensland. COTA Queensland’s perspectives are on pages 41, 47, 61, and 84-85.
Documents relating to the committee’s inquiry, including correspondence, transcripts and submissions can be viewed on the inquiry’s webpage.