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The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to require actions and decisions that involve and impact on Queensland’s health system and the broader community.

While there has been a gradual easing of restrictions over the first part of 2022, threats of additional waves of the virus entering Queensland still remain.

Those living in places live residential aged care facilities or disability care accommodation remain particularly vulnerable to outbreaks and will often be subject to restrictions on movement and visitors, as well as other personal protection measures, prior to the general population.

The Public Advocate has been working with Queensland Health for the duration of the pandemic to uphold the rights of people with impaired decision-making ability. This includes; participation in working groups, making submissions to state and national governments, and writing to various Ministers and Directors-General in relation to key issues where the balance between protection from disease and other fundamental human rights needs to be considered.