Global push for better face masks and PPE

Flinders University underlines its position as a leader in testing and developing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) by hosting an international online discussion with fellow face mask experts from Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore for a seminar to discuss correct face mask fitting on Tuesday 24 August.

‘PPE Fitting and Community / Health Professional Education’, the final event in a three part series, will facilitate dialogue between Australian and ASEAN researchers and industry to showcase best practice from all participating countries and encourage collaborations across the region.

It will also shine a light on work done at the Medical Device Research Institute, based at Flinders University, which conducts world leading collaborative research to deliver innovative solutions to the medical and allied health sector.

Carolyn Ramsey is responsible for international strategy within the Medical Device Research Institute and says that the aim of the seminar is for leaders in the field to come together and share their country’s developments since the pandemic began.

“I believe this may be one of the first times that countries within the ASEAN region have the opportunity to share our PPE developments and move beyond domestic analysis to broaden our knowledge of best practice PPE manufacturing and fitting,” says Ms Ramsey.

Speakers will include Associate Professor Wimolrat Puvarawuttipanit and Dr Pongsuda Phumathon Pongtanya from Thailand, talking about ‘Development of natural fibre-based PPE in Thailand: Collaboration between Faculty of Nursing and SCG Packaging Public Company Limited’; Alan Lim from Singapore presenting on ‘Infectious diseases control and proper wearing of PPE’; Jane Whitelaw from University of Wollongong discussing ‘Masks vs respirators – what is fit for purpose?’; and Irwan Hermanto from Indonesia who will talk about ‘Logistics and supply chain issues for PPE during COVID-19 pandemic.’

The ‘ASEAN Virtual Seminar Series: Personal Protective Equipment for COVID-19’ is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-ASEAN Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

You can register to join the online event, which will be held from 12.30pm to 3pm, via Eventbrite.

For more information visit our test lab’s webpage.

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