While front line workers have been topical for the last 12 months or more, this weeks highlight looks at a requirement for front line workers in a non-conventional setting. Specifically, the Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Border Force (ABF) requires the services of a marine medical service provider to provide a range of medical services, equipment and consumables both on-shore and on-board vessels. These vessels include the Cape Class Patrol Boats, Bay Class Vessels, Ocean Shield and Ocean Protector. The medical services required would need to be administered to crew members likely to be from the ABF and Australian Defence Force or other passengers on board which could also include Unauthorised Maritime Arrivals.
Medical service providers would be needed on board with patrol periods usually ranging from 20 days up to 43 days depending on platform, patrol location and workplace arrangements and would be accommodated in shared or single cabin accommodation subject to availability and operational requirements. Medical services required include:
– the conduct of drug & alcohol testing
– medical screening fr communicable diseases
– Fitness to Travel Assessments
– First Aid training
– connection to 24 hour, seven days a week phone support
This requirement also includes the provision of medical supplies that include consumables and equipment required for all vessels and ensuring their proper storage and handling. The whole service needs to be supported by a routine reporting and review process.
This RFT closes on 23 July 2021, with the contract expected to commence 1 January 2022