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PPE from the National Medical Stockpile

PPE Order Form / Requests

PPE order form / requests

Please see the link below to access the PPE order form for all:



 


General Practice PPE Update - 24 June 2022

General Practice Update: Extension of temporary access to PPE for primary care from the National Medical Stockpile to 30 September 2022

To ensure the primary care system can respond to demand for health care services over the winter period, the current temporary access to PPE from the National Medical Stockpile is being extended to 30 September 2022.
 
We can confirm the ordering process will remain the same and practices can continue to order PPE bundles through WA Primary Health Alliance.
 
These bundles are available to:

  • GPs, ACCHSs and GPRCs willing to manage COVID positive patients face-to-face, until 30 September 2022 (see ordering guide for more information)
  • ACCHS 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
  • All GPs and GPRCs willing to manage COVID positive people virtually, and respiratory patients face-to-face, until 30 September 2022

If practices have any questions on their personalised links or other matters related to their PPE orders, they should email pperesponse@wapha.org.au

Pharmacy PPE Update - 22 March 2022

 

Pharmacy Update: Extension of temporary access to PPE for primary care from the National Medical Stockpile to 30 September 2022

To ensure the primary care system can respond to demand for health care services over the winter period, the current temporary access to PPE from the National Medical Stockpile is being extended to 30 September 2022.
 
We can confirm the ordering process will remain the same and pharmacies can continue to order PPE bundles through WA Primary Health Alliance.
 
These bundles are available to community pharmacists who are administering COVID-19 vaccinations and booster doses, until 30 September 2022 (see ordering guide for more information).
 
If pharmacies have any questions on their personalised links or other matters related to their PPE orders, they should email pperesponse@wapha.org.au

 

PPE from the National Medical Stockpile

 

PPE from the National Medical Stockpile

 

WA Primary Health Alliance’s role in PPE

COVID-19 Response, Our role in PPE distribution is a comprehensive statement of WA Primary Health Alliance’s (WAPHA) role in this important aspect of the primary care response.
 
As well as outlining our role, the document includes information on the eligibility and availability of personal protective equipment (PPE), clarification on fit testing and our ongoing advocacy on behalf of general practice.
 
WAPHA acknowledges the uncertainty and concern within general practice regarding the supply and distribution of PPE at this difficult time.
 
Following significant logistics and supply challenges, WAPHA can confirm that, due to our continued representations to the Australian Government Department of Health, a substantial delivery of PPE from the National Medical Stockpile has now arrived in WA.

This delivery contains enough stock to fill and dispatch all pending orders.

Read more here: COVID-19 Response, Our role in PPE distribution

PPE Information for General Practice

General Practices (GPs), Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) and General Practice Respiratory Clinics (GPRCs), who are caring for COVID-19 positive patients have access to PPE bundles from the National Medical Stockpile (NMS)*. The recently expanded program provides comprehensive PPE bundles that are intended to support approximately 4 weeks of COVID positive patient consultations per clinical staff member.

** Eligible practices who may apply for the comprehensive bundles include:
  • GPs, ACCHSs and GPRCs willing to treat COVID positive patients face-to-face, until 30 June 2022;
  • ACCHSs and rural and remote GPs who are willing to treat 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 June 2022.
Each PPE comprehensive bundle contains:
  • P2/N95 respirators,
  • either goggles or face shields,
  • full length gowns,
  • gloves,
  • surgical masks and
  • hand sanitiser.
Pulse oximeters are a separate orderable item.
 
More information can be found here 

To make a request use the form found here


 

General PPE

General Practices (GPs), Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS), General Practice Respiratory Clinics (GPRCs), Pharmacy and Allied Health providers who do not meet the eligibility for comprehensive bundles, and who are unable to source commercial supplies of PPE are still eligible to order limited supply PPE as per the current PPE ordering arrangements.

Further detail on PPE supply to primary care organisations is detailed in Tranche 4 of the guidelines from the Commonwealth Department of Health. 

To make a request use the form found here


 

PPE Information for Pharmacy/Pharmacists

Pharmacists directly involved with administering COVID-19 vaccinations in a community pharmacy setting, are now eligible to order P2/N95 respirators and eye protection via WA Primary Health Alliance.

Eligible Pharmacists administering COVID-19 vaccinations or booster doses will receive one (1) PPE pharmacy bundle each to support their efforts in protecting our community.

Each PPE pharmacy bundle is designed to support an immunising pharmacist; there will be enough PPE to support COVID-19 vaccinations and booster doses for up to 4 weeks.

Each PPE Pharmacy bundle contains access to
  • 90 P2/N95 respirators
  • 1 goggle / face shield
Once the initial PPE Pharmacy bundle is ordered, Pharmacists may request additional supply of the P2/N95 respirators up until 31 March 2022.  

Pharmacies applying for Covid-19 Vaccination PPE Bundles for eligible pharmacists through the NMS will be required to provide WA Primary Health Alliance with information, as outlined in the Commonwealth guidance.

For the Commonwealth Department of Health factsheet click here
For the Commonwealth Department of Health guidance information click here
 
Pharmacies can request the PPE Pharmacy Bundles from WAPHA from Tuesday 18 January 2022.
 
PPE Order Form available here 


 
For further information or enquiries please contact Practice Assist
 

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COVID-19 HealthPathways

 

COVID-19 HealthPathways

HealthPathways WA is a secure, online portal with a suite of comprehensive COVID-19 pathways that provide general practitioners with information on patient assessment, management and referral pathways.

View COVID-19 HealthPathways

To register for login details, submit the online form or email the team at healthpathways@wapha.org.au

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