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Govt awards millions in health work

10/01/2022 - 15:00

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The state government has awarded $58 million worth of COVID-19 management contracts ahead of next month's border reopening, including to Calvary, Medibank and Western Pathology.

Govt awards millions in health work
Osborne Park-based Clinipath will provide pathology services for COVID-19. Photo: Clinipath Pathology

The state government has awarded $58 million worth of COVID-19 management contracts ahead of next month's border reopening, including to Calvary Health Care, Medibank and Western Diagnostic Pathology.

Calvary and Medibank were awarded a $39.6 million contract from the Department of Health last month to provide clinical services to COVID-19 patients in home quarantine, including triaging patients and monitoring their symptoms through regular video or telephone calls.

Care packages will also be sent out as part of the contract, which is due to expire at the end of 2023.

Separately, the department has awarded an $18 million shared contract to Western Diagnostic Pathology, Clinipath Pathology and Clinical Labs involving pathology services for COVID-19, including swab collection.

The contract is due to expire in March but can be extended to June 2022.

It comes ahead of WA’s planned border reopening on February 5, with fully vaccinated travelers from interstate and overseas allowed to enter WA without the need to quarantine.

Meanwhile, unvaccinated travelers will need to quarantine for 14 days in either a designated hotel or quarantine facility.

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