KEEP­ING COM­MU­NI­TIES SAFE

The Australian Mining Review - - NEWS - RAY CHAN

BHP has an­nounced a new part­ner­ship with lo­cal health care providers to de­velop and ser­vice COVID-19 test­ing cen­tres in Cen­tral Queens­land.

It’s the lat­est ini­tia­tive taken by the Aus­tralian re­sources sec­tor as it acts to re­as­sure com­mu­ni­ties that it’s putting into ef­fect strict and com­pre­hen­sive mea­sures to pro­tect work­ers, fam­i­lies and min­ing com­mu­ni­ties from COVID-19.

The cen­tres are part of a $7.59m project de­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with the Mackay Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vices (MHHS) and pri­vate health provider Van­guard Health to ease the strain on re­gional health ser­vices and hos­pi­tals. The cen­tres will be de­liv­ered in Mo­ran­bah and Proser­pine and will op­er­ate seven days a week.

In­te­grated with the Queens­land health sys­tem to pro­vide a doc­tor-led ser­vice with nurs­ing sup­port staff, they will be avail­able for any­one in the com­mu­nity to get as­sessed and tested for COVID-19.

They will run for an ini­tial six months, with the op­por­tu­nity to be ex­tended. Once es­tab­lished, the cen­tres have the ca­pa­bil­ity of as­sess­ing 100 pa­tients per day in each clinic site, and of­fer a mix of drive-through, walkin, tele-health and face-to-face clin­i­cian con­sul­ta­tions.

The news comes as a na­tional TV and dig­i­tal cam­paign fea­tur­ing the re­sources work­force was launched to show how the in­dus­try is tak­ing ac­tion to im­ple­ment the re­source sec­tor’s COVID-19 na­tional pro­to­col.

The cam­paign shows re­source sec­tor work­ers from across Aus­tralia demon­strat­ing a range of anti-COVID pro­tec­tion mea­sures in­clud­ing phys­i­cal dis­tanc­ing dur­ing travel and at site, in­creased hy­giene and clean­ing, tem­per­a­ture test­ing, changes to shift start times and work­ing ar­range­ments.

These mea­sures are be­ing im­ple­mented as the re­sources sec­tor across Aus­tralia con­tin­ues safe oper­a­tions – sup­port­ing jobs and eco­nomic sta­bil­ity and pro­vid­ing roy­al­ties to fund hos­pi­tals, nurses, doc­tors, po­lice and other es­sen­tial gov­ern­ment ser­vices and in­fra­struc­ture.

De­vel­oped jointly by the NSW Min­er­als Coun­cil, the Min­er­als Coun­cil of Aus­tralia and the South Aus­tralian Cham­ber of Mines and En­ergy, the new cam­paign is fur­ther ev­i­dence of the in­dus­try’s prac­ti­cal com­mit­ment to safe work­places and com­mu­ni­ties. NSW Min­er­als Coun­cil CEO Stephen Galilee said this next phase of com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion cam­paign shows first-hand some of the ac­tions min­ers are tak­ing each day to pro­tect them­selves, their fam­i­lies and their com­mu­ni­ties from COVID-19 while con­tin­u­ing to make a crit­i­cal con­tri­bu­tion to the econ­omy.

MCA CEO Ta­nia Con­sta­ble said health and safety is the Aus­tralian min­er­als in­dus­try’s lead­ing com­mit­ment, and the in­dus­try is proud to show Aus­tralians what the work­force is do­ing to keep ev­ery­one safe – in­clud­ing lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties – dur­ing the COVID-19 pan­demic.

SACOME CEO Rebecca Knol said the re­sources sec­tor underpins the econ­omy and con­tin­ued to meet the chal­lenges of COVID-19 – show­ing lead­er­ship by sig­nif­i­cantly de­creas­ing the move­ment of peo­ple and im­ple­ment­ing strate­gies to pro­tect work­ers, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties.

The in­dus­try’s com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion cam­paign fea­tures peo­ple from oper­a­tions across Aus­tralia work­ing in a range of vi­tal com­modi­ties from iron ore to coal, cop­per and gold.

So­cial dis­tanc­ing is main­tained at all mi­ne­sites.

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