The Sir Roden & Lady Cutler Foundation has been closely monitoring guidance issued from the Australian Government Department of Health and other local health authorities. The spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a rapidly developing situation, which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.
As you are aware, the Federal and State Governments are preparing for the spread of the Coronavirus amongst the general Australian population. The commitment of the $15billion as an economic stimulus package and $2.4 billion in additional medical services gives clear insight into the advice government is receiving about the likely spread of the virus in Australia and internationally and its impact on the economy and the health of Australians.
The Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant, says up to 1.6million could be hit by the first wave of a state-wide coronavirus outbreak, which could last up to 22 weeks.
For this reason, the Board of the foundation and I have discussed how these developments may impact on the foundations ‘Patient Transport Service’ in coming months, and our responsibility to protect the welfare of staff, volunteers and clients.
We are therefore announcing today that the Foundations ‘Patient Transport Service’ has been reluctantly suspended until further notice. This is a tough decision however we must face the reality of the situation and we must act now.
First and Foremost, our staff, volunteers and client’s health and welfare are the most important in this rapidly changing situation. We will continue to provide regular updates on any changes on our website.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please don’t hesitate to contact me on the following details
Vincent Del Zio
Chief Executive Officer
PH: 02 8765 8661
M: 0411 644 530