For information on fit testing for P2/N95 masks, scroll down further on this page.
Under Federal Government directives, Western Victoria PHN (WVPHN) is able to distribute a range of PPE to general practices, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, after-hours GP home visiting services, Medical Deputising Services, nurse practitioner owned or led primary care practices, allied health services and community pharmacies in the areas of highest risk during the COVID-19 pandemic in our catchment region. The distribution process is in accordance with the Federal Government’s Tranche 4 guidance for supply.
WVPHN does not control the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE). Surgical and P2 masks are allocated to us from the National Medical Stockpile. When our stocks run low we are required to request more supplies from the National Medical Stockpile which may cause some 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.
- Surgical masks and P2 masks for general practices and community pharmacies with high risk populations
- Surgical masks only for other community pharmacies and allied health professionals in high risk areas
- Gloves, gowns and eye protection are available to eligible general practices, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, community pharmacies and allied health professionals in accordance with directives from the Department of Health
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
- the request forms are not order forms and do not guarantee you will receive more masks
- Providers located in western Melbourne, should direct requests to North Western Melbourne PHN
- For others outside the WVPHN area, find your local Primary Health Network via the Department of Health’s Primary Health Network map locator.
- Request form for General Practice, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation or Community Pharmacy
- Request form for Allied Health
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.
Other guidelines and resources
- RACGP – Part 3 – How to fit a P2/N95 mask
- Department of Health (Vic) healthcare worker infection prevention