As a healthcare provider St John NT is pleased to see that as a community we are moving towards “business as usual” we however require all visitors to our premises to continue to wear masks unless they can maintain a physical distance of 1.5m.
The safety of our people and the community is our highest priority, we trust that you can understand our requirements for this.
For further information please refer to the following questions and answers:
Q - The NT Government has dropped the mask mandate from Monday, 7 March, why do we have to continue wearing them?
A – We understand that there is a risk that the number of positive COVID-19 cases may increase once the mask mandate is lifted, so we wish to protect our staff, volunteers and community by continuing to wear masks indoors and in operational settings unless a distance of 1.5m can be maintained.
Q – I am doing first aid training with St John NT, do I have to wear a mask?
A - First aid students will be required to wear a mask when moving around the facilities or participating in first aid exercises. Students may only remove their masks while seated, maintaining a distance of 1.5m from other students and instructors.
Q - I am visiting a St John NT facility do I need to wear a mask?
A - We require all visitors, who are onsite for more than 15 minutes, to wear a mask.
Q - What else is St John NT doing to help mitigate the risk of infection?
Health directions advise that personal behaviour remains our best defence against COVID-19 even when wearing a mask and recommends the following:
Q - Will St John NT be providing surgical masks to visitors?
A – Yes, boxes of mask have been placed at all of our locations. As part of our duty to keep you safe, it’s vital we ensure all visitors have access to face masks when visiting our premises.
Q – If I suffer from Asthma or another medical condition do I need to wear a mask?
A – It is our responsibility under WHS legislation to keep our staff and volunteers safe. If you are unable to wear a mask due to a medical reason you will be required to provide evidence of the medical reason from your medical practitioner, St John NT will then make the reasonable adjustments required. Those people who have a relevant medical or health condition should not wear a mask if it is not safe or appropriate to do so.
Q - Are your staff required to wear mask at all times?
A – Yes, all staff including volunteers and contractors will be required to wear mask where they cannot physical distance for 1.5m apart.
Recommended use of surgical masks:
Surgical mask (single use)
You can buy single use surgical masks from outlets such as chemists, some supermarkets and other reputable retailers.
Surgical masks are available in various levels of protection. Surgical masks are single use only and cannot be washed or re-used. Make sure you dispose of your surgical mask immediately after wearing in a closed bin.
Don’t use masks with holes or a valve as you will breathe out your germs or the virus onto others. The value of wearing a mask is to protect other people.
Be aware of fake masks. Increased demand for surgical masks has led to some fake masks entering the Australian market. When buying a mask, make sure that it meets Australian Standards (AS/NZS 1716:2012) or the international equivalent:
How do I wear a face mask properly?
Putting on a face mask
Taking off a face mask