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Plea for firms to donate protective gear for healthcare training

Victorian businesses are being called on to donate their non-medical grade personal protective equipment to help train healthcare workers on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Be part of the solution” is the message from volunteers at the COVID-19 Together project as they hunt for unused PPE gowns, masks, goggles, face shields and gloves.

Professor Diana Egerton-Warburton with some protective gloves.

Professor Diana Egerton-Warburton with some protective gloves.Credit:Joe Armao

Crowdsourcing project leader Diana Egerton-Warburton, an emergency physician at Monash University, said while medical grade supplies should be conserved for hospital staff treating patients, healthcare workers required regular off-site training.

Professor Egerton-Warburton said appropriate and unused PPE supplies could be found in many businesses and she called on those in construction, mining, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, dentistry, hospitality, manufacturing, landscaping, automobile, painting, beauty salons, hardware stores, TAFE and universities to help.

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