Disability Support Workers and COVID-19 – Survey Results

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Results from our June survey about the impacts of COVID-19 on disability support workers are now available.

Disability Support Workers: the forgotten workforce in COVID-19 describes the findings from a national survey of 358 disability support workers (DSWs) conducted online between May and June 2020.

The survey conducted by the Disability and Health Unit team in the MSPGH, reports findings that specifically describe disability support workers’ experiences of:

  • physical distancing
  • COVID-19 infection control training
  • access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • COVID-19 testing
  • support provided and;
  • financial and psychological stresses.

Recommendations are also made to ensure continuity of disability support when COVID-19 infection occurs, and to minimise the risk of transmission between workers and the people with disability they are supporting.

If you work in disability support or know someone who does, please encourage them to read the report. If you would like more information about the project, please contact us

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