Jan

14

2022

National Medical Stockpile PPE Update

To support the safe management of COVID-positive patients in the community, the Australian Government is making additional personal protective equipment (PPE) available to eligible services through the National Medical Stockpile.

Until 30 June 2022, additional PPE bundles (P2/N95 respirators, either goggles or face shields, full length gowns, gloves, surgical masks and hand sanitiser) are available for:

  • GPs, ACCHSs and GPRCs willing to provide face-to-face care to COVID-positive patients
  • ACCHSs and rural and remote GPs willing to provide virtual support to COVID-positive patients and face-to-face care to respiratory patients, and where workforce capacity is limited and the GP is serving the community for most or all health needs

In addition, until 31 March 2022, P2/N95 respirators and eye protection will be provided to all GPs and GPRCs willing to provide virtual support to COVID-positive patients and face-to-face care to respiratory patients.

Pulse oximeters (maximum of 5 per practice) will also be made available for suitable patients, i.e. those who are at high risk of developing serious symptoms and need to provide a pulse oximeter to use at home.


Due to the limited supply of PPE, please check that you meet the eligibility requirements:

  • You are:
    • a GP, ACCHS or GPRC who is willing to treat COVID positive patients face-to-face, and/or
    • an ACCHS or rural and remote GP willing to provide virtual support to COVID-positive patients and face-to-face care to respiratory patients, and where workforce capacity is limited and the GP is serving the community for most or all health needs.
  • You have a population which may be more likely to have been exposed to the novel coronavirus and/or have unusual numbers of patients presenting with respiratory symptoms.
  • There is no local supply available commercially or from a State or Territory government scheme.
  • You are not receiving free PPE from other sources.
  • You are not stockpiling.
  • You are only requesting bundles for GPs who are seeing COVID patients at your practice.

Until 31 March 2022, additional pharmacy PPE bundles (P2/N95 respirators and goggles/face shields) will also be made available to pharmacists administering COVID-19 vaccinations and booster doses.


For pharmacists wanting to request PPE, please check the eligibility requirements:

  • You will provide considered and reasonable requests for stock based on the numbers of eligible clinical staff providing vaccination and the volumes of vaccinations delivered.
  • You are applying for stock because there is no local supply available commercially or from a State or Territory government scheme.
  • Under no circumstance will you on-sell any items in PPE pharmacy bundle.
  • Your pharmacy is not stockpiling or accessing multiple sources of free PPE.
  • The pharmacist accepting the PPE pharmacy bundle has been trained to provide COVID vaccinations.
  • The PPE pharmacy bundle is not for use by other pharmacists and pharmacy staff who are not involved in administering the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • You can provide the AHPRA number for relevant pharmacists.

The provision, in some circumstances, of masks to allied health professionals remains the same. Allied health professionals may be eligible if:

  • the masks are for staff to use
  • there is no commercial supply available
  • you are working in higher-risk clinical areas, and with higher risk vulnerable patients.

Allied health professionals are also encouraged to adjust how they practice to reduce risk, e.g. offering telehealth.

To help with requests for these additional PPE items, Healthy North Coast is developing a new online PPE request form, which will go live soon.

You can request items through our PPE request page.

Update provided 21 April 2022.

As you know, Lismore Skin Clinic in Molesworth Street was destroyed in the recent floods, and we are trying to rebuild the site as soon as we can.

In the meantime we will be moving to St Vincent’s Hospital Specialist Medical Centre – Level 4, Suite 12 – 20 Dalley Street Lismore.

We hope to be up and running in the next two weeks (by early to mid May 2022) and our receptionists will soon begin calling our patients to rebook their appointments and catch up with their needs.

Once we have a firm opening date we will update this notification.

Our email address – [email protected] and our phone number – 02 6621 3500 will remain the same as in the past. Only the address changes for a while.

We look forward to seeing you soon in our new premises.

Many thanks for your patience and understanding in these heartbreaking times – stay safe.

Dr Gudmundsen and the Team from Lismore Skin Clinic

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Contact our Education Team

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Nigel Cronin
Senior Manager, Education
[email protected]
0437 169 786
02 6627 3390
Based on Bundjalung Country in Lismore

Bronwyn Thirkell
Centre for Healthcare Knowledge & Innovation and Education and Events Coordinator NNSW
[email protected]
0437 027 751
02 6618 5445
Based on Bundjalung Country in Ballina

Krissi Devlin
Education and Events Coordinator MNC
[email protected]
0447 407 473
02 6659 1808
Working days: Monday Thursday.
Based on Gumbaynggirr Country in Coffs Harbour

Mental Health Practitioner Directory

Frequently Asked Questions

Any AHPRA or AASW registered mental health practitioner providing services in the Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW.

Social workers, psychotherapists and counsellors are ineligible to list in the directory.

By listing, you will let GPs, other referrers and consumers know that you are practising in Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW. You can provide information such as where you are located, the services you provide, the population groups you support and your clinical interests.

No, the directory is a free service provided by Healthy North Coast.

This directory enables you to provide real-time information about your availability to accept referrals, as well as how long people may have to wait for an appointment. You can update this information as your availability changes. This will help GPs and other referrers ensure they only refer clients to practitioners who have the capacity to see them.

It also has a range of advanced search options and supports printing and bookmarking of search results.

You can choose to display your email address and your phone number so that people can contact you directly. You may prefer not to display these, in which case people can contact you by completing an enquiry form located in the Directory. Your choices can be updated anytime.

You can indicate wait times for an appointment for a new client or that you are currently unable to accept new referrals. You can also choose whether to display or hide your contact details. You can update your choices at any time.

Yes, you can update your listing or remove it at any time by clicking the “update practitioner details” button on your listing. You will receive a secure website link to your nominated admin email that will enable you to make changes, delete or put your listing on hold. You can also show when you are taking extended leave or are not available for a specific period, rather than completely removing your listing.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date.

You will be responsible for managing the information in your listing and ensuring that it is up to date. You will also be asked to check the information before it is published in the directory.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date so that the directory displays accurate information.

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