Disability Support Workers: The Forgotten Workforce in COVID-19
Researchers from the Disability and Health unit at the University of Melbourne and UNSW Canberra conducted an online survey of 357 disability support workers (DSWs) between late May and June 2020 about working during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This report outlines an overview of findings relating to physical distancing, COVID-19 infection control training, purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), COVID-19 testing, support provided, and financial and psychological stresses experienced by workers are summarised along with recommendations arising from the findings (Recommendations 1-8).
Further recommendations are made to ensure continuity of disability support when COVID-19 infection occurs, while minimising transmission risk between workers and the people with disability they are supporting (Recommendations 9-11). These recommendations are summarised before turning to the results.
The Wave 2 follow up findings from surveys conducted in October 2020, can be found here:
2 fact sheets associated with this report are also available for download.