MDRI to lead seminar series on “PPE for COVID-19” with ASEAN colleagues

Flinders University’s Medical Device Research Institute (MDRI) has received funding from the Australian Government’s Australia-ASEAN Council to share expertise gained in establishing a dedicated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) testing facility in Adelaide with counterparts in the ASEAN region to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Through a series of three online seminars and a PPE network, the project will use a panel of experts from the region to share technical knowledge and experiences related to face mask and gown testing and manufacturing with universities and industry. The seminars will cover topics including:

  • protective equipment testing and national and international standards (30 March)
  • mask manufacturing; and correct mask fitting and (25 May)
  • education for health professionals (27 July)

MDRI is working with international partners to link with counterparts from universities, manufacturers, health and scientific organisations to form a network of people interested in face masks and surgical gowns. The project will also address the issue of facemask fitting though a short multilingual facemask fitting instructional video.

The project will initiate dialogue between Australian and ASEAN researchers and industry through the sharing of knowledge in the symposia and the subsequent networking linkages. The symposia will be a chance to showcase best practice from all participating countries. This increased awareness will hopefully lead to collaborations and subsequent research across the region.

The Medical Device Research Institute , based at Flinders University, Adelaide, conducts world leading collaborative research  to deliver innovative solutions to the medical and allied health sector.

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.

For more information or to register for the events visit our test labs webpage.

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