The health, well-being and safety of Non-Government Organisation (NGO) staff delivering services to members of the community is of the utmost importance to NSW Health.
NSW Health funded NGOs must actively assess their service interactions with clients and patients to identify the risk of transmission of COVID-19. NGOs must identify what preventative steps need to be taken based on regularly updated advice provided by NSW Health and through the NGO Community of Practice.
Some NGOs may need to continue to deliver clinical services to clients or patients who are considered high risk if exposed to COVID-19. Where Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is essential to mitigate risks, no service should be delivered unless relevant PPE can be provided to clients, patients or staff. Safety comes first.
PPE remains a precious resource, so it is critical that it is used wisely and consistently with the evidence provided by CEC. The Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) has created contact, droplet and airborne precaution resources to be used in healthcare settings. The CEC’s guidance can be accessed here.
There are currently significant pressures on the global supply chain for PPE. This is impacting resources available across NSW Health and the supply of PPE to our public hospital system.
NSW Health funded NGO providers who are impacted by a short term supply chain gap for PPE can make a request to NSW Health to be considered for supplies.
NGOs making a request should be those delivering clinical services and where clear risks have been identified for clients, patients and/or staff.
Requests should only be submitted by NGOs that have issues with their normal supply chain and have exhausted other options to try and source alternative supply chains.
Priority will be given to facilities where there has been a confirmed case of COVID19.
NGOs requesting consideration for PPE supplies will need to complete the following questions and submit responses to their NGO grant manager.
NSW Health grant managers will triage requests to determine priority and may be in contact with the NGO requesting supplies for further information. If a request then proceeds to HealthShare NSW, an assessment will be made on whether NSW Health can provide support, and if so the level to which this is possible within the context of current priority areas across health settings.