Access to PPE for health care workers

In the first instance, primary care providers should source Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) through local commercial supply. Access to PPE from the National Medical Stockpile is dependent on eligibility, and PPE volumes will be monitored by the Commonwealth Department of Health and checked against healthdirect and MBS caseload data.

 

General Practice, ACCHS and GPRCs

Living with COVID PPE Bundles are available for:

  • GPs, ACCHSs and GPRCs willing to manage COVID-positive patients face-to-face, until 30 September 2022.
  • ACCHSs and rural and remote GPs willing to manage COVID-positive patients virtually and respiratory patients face-to-face, where workforce capacity is limited AND the GP is serving the community for most or all health needs, until 30 September 2022.
  • GPs and GPRCs willing to manage COVID-positive people virtually, and respiratory patients face-to-face, until 30 September 2022.

Pulse Oximeters are available for General Practice, ACCHS and GPRCs managing COVID positive patients. There is currently an allocation of 10 pulse oximeters per practice. You will not be eligible for pulse oximeters if you have already ordered/received your allocation from the National Medical Stockpile.

Emergency Provision PPE for General Practice, ACCHS and GPRCs can only be accessed where there is no local supply available commercially, or from another State or Territory government scheme.

 

Pharmacy

Living with COVID PPE Bundles are strictly limited to pharmacists who are directly administering the COVID-19 vaccination. Compliance checks and audits may be undertaken between vaccination volumes and PPE and the provision of PPE is expected to end on 30 September 2022.

Emergency Provision PPE for Pharmacies can only be accessed where there is no local supply available commercially, or from another State or Territory government scheme.