06 April 2020

Supporting our medical colleagues during the COVID-19 pandemic

At a time when our profession is facing immense challenges and financial uncertainty, we have been truly humbled by the offers of support from members wishing to donate unused personal protective equipment to other health professionals on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis.

We are thankful to see our dental schools donating unused equipment to local health services. A number of hospitals are in need of supplies now, including for the training of frontline medical staff, and dental colleagues undertaking emergency procedures are also experiencing stock shortages.

We thank you for your support and suggest you reach out to dental colleagues and hospitals in need, whilst also keeping a supply on hand, in the event that we move back to Level 2 restrictions and routine care resumes.

Western Health, which comprises Sunshine, Footscray, Williamstown and Sunbury Hospitals, has reached out to inform us they are currently facing a severe PPE shortage. They are currently in desperate need of:

  • Surgical masks
  • N95 masks
  • Face shields
  • Disposable gowns
  • Gloves
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Wipes.

Please contact anthony.barberi@wh.org.au if you are able to assist. There may be other health services in need of assistance in your local area.

You can also donate your PPE to the Department of Health and Human Services. Please email covid-19supplies@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

Websites such as covid19together.com.au have been set up to collect non-medical grade protective equipment.

If you know of any other opportunities to donate, please inform us and we’ll add it to this news item.