COVID 19: Australian Health Services Supply chain - Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment and Medical Devices Supply Chain

Are you a health care professional concerned about your supply chain?

COVID 19 is having an unprecedented impact on supply chains with rapid changes in demand profiles, supplier capabilities, inventory levels, pressure on network infrastructure and supply chain teams. The need to identify risks and opportunities quickly and act rapidly is essential. GRA is here to help you with your supply chain now, throughout this difficult time and into the future.

We understand your supply chain teams are likely to be under great pressure.

We are here to help

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Our current PPE supply chain is not set up, or geared to support the level of demand expected

GRA's 8 elements of a PPE Supply Chain Operating Model

  • Forecasting PPE requirements (based on demographics and Global COVID19 data)
  • Stock-take and Accuracy Program for current PPE in Hospital and Clinical Network
  • Clarify and establish visibility on sources of supply and on an on-going basis for inbound stock
  • Set up transport model (and partners) and any required new channels for expedition
  • Review current stores layout, loading dock receiving and inventory management processes
  • Review centralised stock management effectiveness to balance ‘push’ & ‘pull’ forces for PPE SKU range
  • Design organisational supply chain structure to support COVID19 event and enable scalability beyond
  • Establish dashboards & reports that highlight current PPE inventory levels to drive targeted action

What is the most effective & quickest way to distribute the required PPE and Medical Devices to our hospitals & clinics?

PPE and Medical supply chains are complex, with multiple nodes and logistical dependencies.


Existing Players

The sudden and unprecedented spike in demand quickly exhausted existing supplies in our Just-In-Time geared industries.

The New York Times reports some ventilator manufacturers will take 8 months to successfully ramp up production.

Agile Manufacturers

Appearance of new hand sanitizer, mask and ventilator producers respond quickly but must navigate challenges including:

  • Material Sourcing
  • New Expertise Requirements
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Connecting with New Customers



Once approved from the Australian National Medical Stockpile, deployment should be completed within 3 days.

Medicines <24 hours
PPE <72 hours

Constrained & Regulated Distribution

Limited equipment ranges and stocked quantities are distributed in regulated release stages

Surgical Masks & N95/P2 Respirators
Each request limited to 50 per practice or pharmacy


Fragmented Procurement

  • Existing supplier base unable to support scale of sudden demand
  • Challenges in establishing new relationships with untried agile manufacturers
  • Constrained support provided through in demand National Medical Stockpile

Stretched Equipment Management

Frontline teams are making complex equipment prioritisation decisions on an unprecedented scale. Balancing the need of:

  1. Today Provide teams and patients the equipment immediately required
  2. Tomorrow Ensure visibility of incoming equipment and communicate position to teams
  3. To Come Prepare and plan for the anticipated substantial increase in future demand
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