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 via the processes outlined below is dependent on eligibility. PPE volumes will be monitored by the Commonwealth Department of Health and checked against healthdirect and MBS caseload data.
Access to surgical and/or respirator (P2/N95) masks is facilitated by PHNs for general practitioners (GPs), Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS), community pharmacies, and allied health professionals as outlined by the Department of Health.
General Practices, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) and General Practice Respiratory Clinics (GPRCs) who are caring for COVID-19 positive patients can access additional PPE and Pulse Oximeters as a part of the Australian Government announcement of the $180 million Living with COVID-19 Primary Care Package.
To further support ongoing vaccinations within pharmacies, the Australian Government is making additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) available to pharmacists who are administering COVID-19 vaccinations and booster doses through to 31 March 2022.
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