Request PPE

For information on fit testing for P2/N95 masks, scroll down further on this page.

Eligible clinicians and pharmacists in the Western Victoria PHN (WVPHN) catchment region may submit requests for a range of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the National Stockpile via our online forms. All requests are collated and then forwarded to the Federal Department of Health. If approved by the Department, requested stock is then delivered directly to the practice/pharmacy by a centralised national distributer. The distribution process is in accordance with the Federal Government’s Tranche 4 guidance for supply.

Please note: eligibility directives from the Government were amended in February 2022 and the Department has directed that requests for PPE from the National Stockpile will only be available to those members of a practice who are directly involved in patient treatment.

Important information about PPE supplies

WVPHN does not control the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).  When stocks from the National Medical Stockpile run low, there may be delays in deliveries.

WVPHN is not the primary source of PPE for primary care providers. The Commonwealth government directive is that primary care providers should source their PPE through their normal commercial means in the first instance, to conserve the National Medical Stockpile’s limited stock of PPE for acute health services.

The types of PPE available are based on eligibility criteria. Details of available items and eligibility criteria are included on the request form pages.

PPE guidance changes dependent on the COVID risk rating detailed within The Victorian Health Service Guidance and Response to COVID-19 Risks (VHSGR).

For further guidance on use of PPE in non-inpatient health care settings, refer to the Department of Health fact sheet

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Request PPE

Fit testing for P2/N95 masks (respirators)

Please note: Primary Health Networks do not coordinate fit testing.

You can find a professional Fit Testing service at:

Fit testers can travel to practices or may be able to conduct fit testing at their offices.

Primary Health Networks recommend that general practice staff have P2/N95 masks professionally fit tested if they are operating in a high-risk environment.

Fit testing is generally only required in high-risk environments/with high-risk patients (particularly in hospitals)

Fit testing ensures a person is wearing the best respirator for their face shape and size and is done through fit testing machines.

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Last modified: 25 February, 2022