Doctors propose steps to reopening borders

Paul Osborne
(Australian Associated Press)



The Australian Medical Association is asking national cabinet to improve hotel quarantine and establish long-term facilities to allow international travel to restart.

  • Doctors and business groups say Australia can’t keep its international border closed forever
  • COVID-19 continues to spread internationally, including into Australia
  • The AMA says once an adequate proportion of the population is vaccinated, borders should be progressively opened to other countries
  • National cabinet should strengthen hotel quarantine including improved ventilation, better personal protective equipment and vaccinations
  • An urgent stocktake of facilities (outside of hotel quarantine) is needed to see what can be repurposed and used to take incoming arrivals
  • Existing proposals for quarantine facilities should be fast-tracked
  • A national partnership and funding agreement between the federal and state governments is needed to establish longer-term dedicated quarantine facilities

* Public hospitals should get funding to boost their surge capacity to deal with outbreaks, as well as keeping up with ongoing growth in demand for services.


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