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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

As part of the National COVID-19 Health Management Plan for 2023, the Australian Government has advised that the distribution of PPE through the Living with COVID measure has now ceased (as of 31 December 2022). There will be no further extensions and no deliveries will be made after this date.

Further information about the PPE distribution measures for ACCHOs will be provided at a later date.

Useful PPE resources  

APNA and NQPHN webinars –  The Basic Principles of Infection Prevention & Control 

NQPHN funded APNA and subject matter expert Megan Reilly to deliver webinars for all general practices and pharmacies with information on how to apply infection prevention control in practices/pharmacies and keep the doors open. 

View the third and final webinar, which mirrors the content in the previous two webinars delivered, and the Infection prevention and control refresher below.

The Basic Principles of Infection Prevention & Control (November 2021)
Infection prevention and control refresher (September 2023)

The following documents from the webinars are also useful: 

Other infection control resources

The following resources are available to assist with the management of infection control: 

For more information, read the latest CDNA National guidelines. 

For the latest clinical practice guidelines in the North Queensland region, please refer to HealthPathways

Other useful links 

Fit testing of P2/N95 masks

Specifically for GPs who are prepared and able to undertake specimen collection in their surgeries. P2/N95 respirators are only required for aerosol generating procedures. 

The Queensland Health Fit Testing of Particulate Filtration Respirators (PFR or P2/N95 respirators) in respiratory protection programs Guidance Document (Fit Testing Document) has been developed to provide guidance and recommendations for decision-makers and healthcare workers (HCWs) in Queensland to support the safe and practical integration of fit testing into respiratory protection programs. 

The following online resources are also available about P2/N95 mask fit checking: 

Buying PPE

PPE Buyers Guide

The Australian Government Department of Industry and Science Energies and Resources (DISER) have collated some helpful information to assist organisations with confidence in buying PPE from new suppliers including: 

  • what to look for when buying PPE 

  • how PPE is regulated/certified 

  • keeping your workplace safe 

  • knowing your consumer rights and protecting yourself from fraud 

  • links to National and State portals to help connect buyers and sellers of PPE. 

Download the PPE Buyers Guide.  

What's On Offer website

For a comprehensive list of readily available commercial sources of PPE (including surgical face masks, P2/N95 masks, eye and face protection, gowns and more) refer to the Queensland Government’s What’s on Offer website that has been designed to connect buyers with suppliers. 

22 January 2024