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  • 03 Oct 2020 1:02 PM | Lisa Acret (Administrator)

    Mount Isa Hospital

    30 Camooweal Street, Mount Isa

    • COVID Test from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM 7 days a week.
    • Although asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for truck drivers will be prioritised, a delay may be experienced due to demand on medical staff at the time of testing.

    Camooweal Primary Health Care Clinic

    Nowrainie Street, Camooweal

    • Normal Clinic hours are Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Tuesday is RFDS visit and these clinics take priority.
    • An emergency takes precedence and a delay will be experienced.

    Also asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for truck drivers can be done in Cloncurry, details are:

    Cloncurry Hospital

    1 Musgrave Street, Cloncurry

    • COVID Test from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM 7 days a week.
    • An emergency takes precedence and a delay will be experienced.

  • 29 Sep 2020 10:53 AM | Lisa Acret (Administrator)

    Freight Industry Testing Facility – Truck Central - 15 Tandem Street, Wishart Northern Territory

    Open for testing: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8am – 4pm 

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  • 22 Sep 2020 7:04 PM | Lisa Acret (Administrator)
  • 13 Aug 2020 2:22 PM | Lisa Acret (Administrator)

    These new requirements override all previous directions for transport and logistics workers.   Thanks to the Freight and Logistics Council of WA for the information.
    Can freight and logistics drivers travelling from Hotspots enter WA?
    YES - all the following conditions must be followed

    Freight workers:

    • At the border you will be checked for proof of testing within the previous 7 days - you will need to provide a slip from a testing facility that shows your name and date you attended - you do not need to provide results
    • If you cross the border and you don’t have proof of a test, then you will need to be tested within 48 hours, you do not need to isolate whilst waiting for the results. 
    • If you do receive a positive test result you must call the number listed in the direction and talk to a health officer, they will assist in finding a quarantine facility and identifying appropriate arrangements for your vehicle and freight load.   
    • If you receive a positive result and are travelling with a co-driver they must also call the number listed in the direction and talk to a health officer who will be able to assist. 
    • Whilst on route you must follow all the regular protocols (eg sanitising, physical distancing etc) 
    • To assist with contact tracing, drivers must complete a record of all close contacts which must be available on request.  A close contact is a face-to-face contact for 15 minutes or more, or a person sharing an enclosed space for over 2 hours. 
    • Passengers – you can only travel with other exempt workers (eg two-up) 
    • In order to determine the 7-day period - day one starts at midnight on the day you have the test. 
     Freight companies:  
    • must have in place appropriate protocols and procedures to assist workers.  
    • need to have plans in place to assist drivers including procedures to arrange for cleaning the cab, replacement driver and assisting in the coordination of quarantine requirements. 
    • are responsible for ensuring that the test results of their workers remain negative throughout the testing period.

    It is also recommended for Employers to provide a letter to drivers (to present to an authorised/relevant officer to confirm the nature of the freight task and include information such as:  the driver refuels at unmanned fuel stops, how freight is delivered (ie does driver get out of the truck), driver eats in trucks etc.  This may avoid the issue of a driver not having any entries on the close contact form.

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