The House Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport will hear from Australians living with long COVID and other post-viral illness at a public hearing on February 17 at Parliament House in Canberra.
The chair of the committee, Dr Mike Freelander, said listening to Australians living with long COVID about their experiences, journey to diagnosis and treatment is a key role of the inquiry.
“The Committee appreciates the time taken by many people with long COVID who wrote to us to share how the condition has deeply impacted many aspects of their lives,” Freelander said.
“Our next public hearing will unpack some of the issues raised in these submissions in more detail so we can consider how to better support long COVID patients now and in the future.”
The committee will also hear from the Department of Health and Aged Care, the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (NACCHO) and a roundtable of experts jointly organised by the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.
The deputy chair of the committee, Melissa McIntosh, said the hearing offered a unique chance for a range of input.
“The roundtable … will bring together experts in areas such as infectious diseases, epidemiology, immunology, mental health and public health,” she said.
“This is a great opportunity for the committee to hear from individuals at the forefront of COVID research and treatment.“
The committee will hear from the Department of Health and Aged Care about what the Government is doing to respond to the new challenges for Australia’s healthcare system presented by long COVID and repeated COVID infections
It is also looking forward to hearing from NACCHO with its valuable insights into the primary care response to COVID-19 in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Further information about the inquiry, including the terms of reference and published submissions, are available on the committee’s website.
PUBLIC HEARING DETAILS
Date: Friday, February 17, 2023
Time: 8am–5pm AEDT
Location: Committee Room 1R3 (until 12.10pm) and 2R1 (from 1pm), Parliament House, Canberra
8am–8.30am: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)
8.30am–9.20am: Department of Health and Aged Care
9.20am–9.50am: Mr Bruce Sedgwick and Ms Sophie Sedgwick, private capacity
9.50am–10.20am: Associate Professor Nada Hamad, person with lived experience of long COVID (by videoconference)
10.50am–11.30am: Australian Long COVID Community Facebook Group
11.30am–12.10pm: Session on lived experience of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) (by videoconference)
1pm–5pm: Roundtable with experts organised jointly by the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences
5pm: Public hearing close
The public hearing will be broadcast live here.