Infection control and personal protective equipment (PPE) advice


Hospital based care

This document provides advice on what personal protective equipment (PPE) is required and what type of room is appropriate for the patient.

The matrix has been developed by SA Health Infectious Disease Physicians for use in the care of hospital patients with suspected and confirmed COVID-19. It is mandatory for all SA Health hospital-based staff.

Refer to the Australian Government Department of Health Australian Government Department of Health Guideline for PPE use in non-inpatient care settings (PDF 329KB).

Non-hospital based care

The following PPE guides/infographics provide advice for those who work in industries who may be close contact with community members as part of their role. They provide a process for assessing COVID-19 infection control risk and PPE usage.

Aged care

The use of a particulate filter respirator may be required for the care of a resident with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.  Refer to the Australian Government Department of Health advice:

Allied Health Professionals and GPs

Child Protection Services

Correction Services and Sheriff’s Office

Disability care providers

Refer to the Australian Government Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for the health and disability sector web page.

Emergency services

Marine industry

The marine industry personal protection equipment (PPE) advice (PDF 116KB) provides advice for persons boarding and leaving a maritime vessel which has recently returned from overseas or a high community transmission zone (excluding cruise ships).

Note: This guide is currently under review.

Refer to the Australian Government Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for the marine industry web page.

Primary and Community Healthcare Workers in a non-hospital setting

The COVID 19 fact sheet - Infection control advice for community-based service providers (PDF 255KB) provides general infection control advice and guidance for use of PPE for community-based services in the setting of COVID-19.

Also refer to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guide for Home Care Providers for guidance for aged care and disability service providers who offer home care and support services on how to stay safe from COVID-19.

Security personnel

SA Police

PPE and infection control education resources

Respiratory protection


Procurement and supply strategies

The SA Health COVID-19 Strategies for optimising supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) document is currently under review.

For information regarding extended use of personal protective equipment refer to the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2019) guidelines, Infection Control Expert Group (ICEG) The use of face masks and respirators in the context of COVID-19 and the SA Health Respiratory Protection Against Airborne Infectious Diseases Clinical Guideline.

For enquires regarding procurement advice and assistance please email SA Health Procurement customer service HealthPSCMSCOCustomerService@sa.gov.au.