“I’m a frontline employee, we’re at fairly a excessive threat of being uncovered to the virus, and since I do dwell with my mother and father and my brothers, I don’t wish to run the danger of bringing residence the virus,” Ms Eckersley stated.
Earlier this month a trainee feminine physician assigned to Liverpool Hospital’s emergency division examined optimistic for the virus, inflicting a number of different employees to be despatched residence.
From subsequent week Ms Eckersley, 22, will probably be residing rent-free in a newly constructed Warwick Farm home owned by Angela Lau, who marketed the funding property by way of the Fb group group Undertake a Healthcare Employee.
Ms Lau stated the furnished residence would additionally accommodate one other nurse attempting to guard her household and a health care provider who needed to commute an hour every means between work and residential.
“We’re simply attempting to work out how we are able to pull collectively as a group to make this protected for everybody,” she stated.
Different hospital employees informed the Herald they had been quickly shifting in collectively to keep away from probably exposing their households, whereas one nurse stated she and her husband, additionally a nurse, feared transmitting the virus to their kids, however they’d nobody else to look after them.
There are actually calls from frontline responders for the federal government to subsidise non permanent lodging amid more and more stringent lockdown circumstances for different members of the group.
Discover-a-bed co-founder Paige Burton stated her organisation would “proceed to fill that hole so long as it exists”.
“I feel there must be a bit extra thought round ensuring these individuals have someplace protected to go,” Ms Burton stated.
A Division of Well being spokesperson stated the Nationwide Incident Room was investigating all choices to maintain important well being employees protected within the response to COVID-19.
House-sharing big Airbnb has additionally launched into a plan to accommodate healthcare employees utilizing its huge inventory of lodging suppliers.
“Proper now, our focus is on figuring out the place essentially the most pressing want is so we are able to greatest assist join hosts who’ve generously supplied up their listings with healthcare employees,” Airbnb’s nation supervisor for Australia, Susan Wheeldon, stated.
Angus Thompson is an City Affairs reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.