The coronavirus outbreak has led to a high demand for essential health products and equipment, such as face masks.
Whilst Queensland has a supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for our medical professionals for the foreseeable future, the Queensland Government is working with local manufacturers to ensure we have supplies to support the state.
We encourage local businesses interested in supplying specific products and components to register an expression of interest (EOI) through the ICN Gateway webpage.
It’s encouraging to see Queenslanders wanting to join the fight against COVID-19. However, we must ensure PPE and medical equipment used by our front-line health workers is manufactured to specific standards.
Essential Goods and Supply Chain Program
On 19 May 2020, the Queensland Government announced up to $50 million has been redirected to help Queensland manufacturers make essential goods such as personal protective equipment, health consumables and devices.
We will work with industry to develop and expand manufacturing and production capacity of essential goods and to shore up the supply chain of essential goods.
Whether it’s assistance to design, up tool, reprioritise or pivot production, or to investigate opportunities and design new products, or guidance through the clinical approval processes, we stand ready to help business and industry.
To be considered for the program, please complete the initial registration of interest.
Medical face masks
- PPE such as medical face masks are vital for frontline workers who need to care for patients.
- Level 1 surgical masks are recommended to protect staff and/or the patient from droplet exposure to microorganisms. P2/N95 masks are to be used for aerosol-generating procedures or those patients with severe symptoms suggestive of pneumonia.
- Face masks or PPE which are claimed to be for therapeutic use are regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Authority (TGA) under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989.
- Face masks are manufactured to high-grade specifications and subjected to careful testing to meet both TGA and Queensland Health’s identified requirements.
Homemade face masks
- Advice on use of face masks.
- Homemade masks may help the wearer refrain from touching their mouth, but they are not medical or surgical masks and do not meet the TGA’s or Queensland Health’s standards.
- Washing your hands properly, practicing social distancing and avoiding touching your face are the best ways to stop yourself from catching COVID-19.
- Queenslanders can continue to do their part by practicing good hygiene and staying home if sick.