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How to use a Nasal Rapid Antigen (RAT) Test - COVID-19

In this video, Dr Mark Wenitong explains how to use a nasal rapid antigen test (RAT)

Steps to use a Nasal Rapid Antigen Test:

A Nasal RAT is a test that takes a sample from your nose to test for COVID-19. The following steps will assist you in correctly testing yourself for COVID-19

Inside your kit you will find: 

  • A strip that will show you if you have COVID-19 or not.
  • A long stick with 1 soft end.
  • A Tube with a lid and a small pack with liquid called the buffer.

Please read instructions and prepare before starting a test.

  • Take the stick out of the packet (Do not touch soft part at the end of the stick)
  • Put the soft part of the stick up your nose.
  • Put it all the way up until you feel it touch the back of your nose.
  • Keep moving the stick around in your nose.
  • Count to 15 slowly.
  • When the stick is in your nose you can press on the side of your nose.
  • Use the soft end of the same stick for the other side of your nose.
  • When you are done put the stick into the tube.
  • Stir the stick in the tube 10 times.
  • Then gently squeeze the sides of the tube together 10 times.
  • Take the stick out of the tube.
  • Put the cap tightly on the tube.
  • Get the test strip, this strip has a small circle at the bottom.
  • Squeeze 3-4 drops of liquid onto the circle.
  • Set a timer or watch, check what time the test box says, results will show (10, 15, or 20 minutes)
  • Only read the strip at that time and not later it may be wrong then.
  • You may see a line next to the letter C, this means you are negative and do not have COVID-19.
  • You may see a line next to the letter C and a line next to the letter T (this line may be very light). this means you are positive and do have COVID-19.
  • Dispose of the test, wash your hands, and isolate if required, watch your symptoms across the next 2 days.

Mandates for Workers (COVID-19)

On 5 November 2021, the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) recommended a national framework for mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements for in-home and community aged care workers be established under state and territory public health orders.

The recommended scope for the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements includes:
All commonwealth funded service providers delivering in-home and community aged care services including:

  • Home Care Packages.
  • Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP).
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program home care services.
  • Short-Term Restorative Care.
  • Transition Care Program.
  • Multi-Purposes Services

All full-time, part-time and casual staff employed or engaged by the Commonwealth service provider, including sub-contractors and volunteers (proposed definition below).

Workers, and volunteers in all roles delivered by the Commonwealth funded aged care service provider, including those that provide care and services in and around clients’ homes, in the community and organisational administration.

All states and territories have implemented mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for in-home and community aged care workers through public health orders.

The Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, the Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia have mandated booster doses for in-home and community aged care workers as a condition of employment.

If you have symptoms, or other health conditions call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080, or speak to your care workers. If you are required to test yourself, get a RAT. It is easy to use and will protect others around you.

Follow this link HERE for more information about the COVID-19 vaccine enquiries page.

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