Loneliness and social isolation have had a significant impact on people throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. New research from Endling Loneliness Together shows that the health, social and economic consequences of the pandemic will be felt for many years to come, and we need to act now to accelerate social recovery.
Four simple actions are proposed that the Federal Government can take to accelerate social recovery as we move towards a different phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.
1) To build a strategic framework to promote meaningful social connection
2) To strengthen our workforce capacity across all sectors to address loneliness
3) To empower our community to help each other
4) To invest in Australian-based scientific research to rapidly translate what works into practice and policy