A Perth-based company is producing 10,000 face shields for frontline health workers to boost the State's emergency personal protective equipment (PPE) supply for the COVID-19 response.
Adarsh Australia is manufacturing the high-quality face shields at their plastics engineering site in Malaga to supply to the State Government.
It comes after another Malaga company, Wild Child Laboratories, was awarded a contract by the government to produce 200,000 bottles of hand sanitiser for WA hospitals.
The face shield venture is led by the East Metropolitan Health Service’s Centre for Implant Technology and Retrieval Analysis (CITRA), which will also oversee production and ensure the shields meet high standards of safety and quality.
CITRA worked closely with The University of Western Australia, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, WA Department of Health and the Chief Scientist of WA, Professor Peter Klinken, to produce prototypes of the shields.
The prototypes were taken through to production with assistance from local industry and the Department of Health.
Two types of face masks will be produced: a standard face shield to be used by general hospital staff and a specialised shield for ear, nose and throat surgeons.
Both designs were approved on a priority basis by the national Therapeutic Goods Administration so that they could be produced much more quickly than usual.
Health Minister Roger Cook said the face shields would enhance the safety of WA health staff and patients.
"This is an example of the innovative, important work taking place across the WA health system and will make an enormous contribution to our efforts to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on the WA community,” he said.
"What is especially great about this project is that it is not only ensuring our hospital staff have access to protective equipment that we know is of the highest safety standard but that it is also locally produced.
"CITRA is the only hospital-based facility of its kind in Australia and we are very fortunate to have such a wonderful resource in WA.
“The McGowan Government is also grateful to the many members of the public who have contributed to the production of these shields through donations to the Harry Perkins Institute totalling $65,000."