In Health

Northern Territory Minister for Health Natasha Fyles

Extra Frontline Health Employees To Fight COVID-19

Victor P Taffa

Northern Territory Government is creating 100 additional full-time frontline health workers to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and keep Territorians safe.

100 full-time positions will be deployed across the Northern Territory to:

  • Enable ongoing border screening of passengers arriving from interstate at NT Airports;
  • Screen staff and visitors to NT Public Health facilities across the Northern Territory;
  • Support management of mandatory supervised quarantine;
  • Conduct health tests and checks.

“Throughout this Public Health Emergency this Government has said we will do whatever it takes to protect Territorians.” Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said.

“We know there is no vaccine, there is no cure, and COVID-19 has no end date. We are investing in our front line health workers now and making sure the Territory is protected.”

With the Australian Federal Police ceasing their screenings of incoming passengers to the Northern Territory from 31 July, NT Health will pick up this important function as part of the NT’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NT Health has already commenced working with NT Police and Australian Federal Police to facilitate this transition.

Staff will be deployed to quarantine facilities in both Darwin and Alice Springs to bolster the management of residents and undertake health checks to ensure any positive COVID-19 cases are identified early and transitioned into the care of a NT Health facility.

Workforce will be trained to be multi-skilled, to support testing and timely outbreak management contract tracing should the need arise.

Abbreviations:

NT                   Northern Territory

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