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Omicron in aged care facilities is killing more than 60 aged care residents a week, with 596 facilities nationally recording at least one death due to Covid this year.

A list of facility death tolls released today (see below) reveals 38 aged care facilities in five states have recorded five deaths or more this year, with eight recording deaths in the double figures.

The list drawn from Federal Government statistics has been released by United Workers Union as aged care workers across two states walk off the job tomorrow (EDS: FRIDAY) in their fight for better pay, more staff and better conditions.

“The Omicron crisis continues to play havoc with active outbreaks in more than 750 aged care facilities, distressing locked-up aged care residents, devastating families and causing unbearable workloads for aged care workers,” Carolyn Smith, Aged Care Director, United Workers Union, said today.

“There is a public perception the Omicron wave has passed but for aged care workers working double shifts in full PPE there has been no let up and the aged care crisis is in full swing.

“Given the failures of the Federal Government aged care workers are again walking off the job after last week’s unprecedented strike action across the country – they are telling their employers it’s time for them to take responsibility.

“How can we lose more than 350 senior Australians to Covid since the election campaign was launched and no-one is talking about this?

“We are very clear on accountability – Scott Morrison and his incompetent Aged Care Services Minister Richard Colbeck have failed in their responsibilities in aged care repeatedly, and those failures continue.

“Aged care workers are continuing to turn up to care for residents while these political leaders are only turning up for campaign photo opps.”

Aged care workers in South Australia and Queensland are walking off the job tomorrow as they continue industrial action against their employers in support of claims for improved wages and more care time (EDS: Friday).

Norma, SA aged care worker:  “We have an influx of pillow cases because we haven’t got any flannels, we haven’t got any wet wipes. Pillow cases! We’re washing and wiping grandmothers and mothers and great grandmothers with pillow cases and that’s disgusting for them.”

Fadiela, WA aged care worker: “I go home with a heavy heart every day because I can’t stand to see these people left incontinent for hours before we can get to them; people having a shower every second or third day because we don’t have the hours to provide the care they deserve.”



Figures drawn from Federal Government COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian residential aged care facilities data series.

Aged care deaths report date Total in 2022 Weekly toll
May 13 2022 1418 65
May 6 2022 1353 89
April 29 2022 1264 85
April 22 2022 1179 72
April 14 2022 1107 50
April 8 2022 1057 40
April 1 2022 1017 94
March 25 2022 923 17
March 18 2022 906 29
March 11 2022 877 23
March 4 2022 854 40
February 25 2022 814 72
February 18 2022 742 90
February 11 2022 652 119
February 4 2022 533 144
January 28 2022 389 226
January 21 2022 163 126
January 14 2022 37 25
January 7 2022 12 12


Facilities with five or more deaths State Resident Deaths
Russian Relief Association of St Sergius of Radonezh NSW 23
Jeta Gardens Aged Care Facility Queensland 17
Cardinal Stepinac Village NSW 16
Calvary Cessnock Retirement Community NSW 15
Bupa Clemton Park NSW 10
Warrigal Mount Terry NSW 10
Fronditha Clayton Aged Care Victoria 10
Fronditha Anesi Aged Care Services – Thornbury Victoria 10
Bossley Parkside Care Community NSW 9
Mercy Place Albury NSW 9
St Basil’s Lakemba NSW 9
Estia Health Kilbride NSW 9
St Vincent’s Care Services Yennora NSW 7
Bupa Greenacre NSW 7
The Whiddon Group – Glenfield NSW 7
Arcare Slacks Creek Queensland 7
Linsell Lodge Aged Care Facility SA 7
Northern Gardens Aged Care Victoria 7
Kanwal Gardens Care Community NSW 6
Hawkesbury Living Pty Limited NSW 6
SummitCare Smithfield NSW 6
Dubbo Homestead Care Community NSW 6
Scalabrini Village Nursing Home (Austral) NSW 6
St Annes Nursing Home NSW 6
Constitution Hill Aged Care NSW 6
AnglicareSA Westbourne Park SA 6
Ridleyton Greek Home for the Aged SA 6
Klemzig Residential Care Services SA 6
Advantaged Care at Georges Manor NSW 5
Canterbury Place Care Community NSW 5
The Manor Fairfield East NSW 5
Warrigal Care Albion Park Rail NSW 5
Forest Lake Lodge Queensland 5
Ridgehaven Residential Care Centre SA 5
Benetas St Paul’s Terrace Victoria 5
Mercy Place Ave Maria Victoria 5
Uniting AgeWell Box Hill Victoria 5
Braemar Village WA 5