27 September 2023

Community centres to be home for RATs

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Western Australians will soon be able to access 200,000 free Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) at regional community resource centres across the State.

In a statement, WA Health said the supply to the centres further supported regional communities and vulnerable members of the community in accessing free RATs, helping them to self-administer COVID-19 testing to quickly detect the virus.

“The free RATs will be available at regional community resource centres from the week beginning 18 April,” the Department said.

Premier, Mark McGowan said this was the latest expansion of the Government’s free RAT program, ensuring every Western Australian had access to them.

“Community resource centres provide so much for the community already, particularly in regional Western Australia, where they have such strong local connections,” Mr McGowan said.

“Distributing free RATs at community resource centres builds on our work to support regional and vulnerable communities.”

He said no other jurisdiction had gone to the lengths of WA to make sure that every person could access free RATs.

He was supported by the Minister for Health, Amber-Jade Sanderson who said community resources centres provided essential support to people across the State.

“Distributing free RATs to centres makes sure that those who need them can easily access them, providing peace of mind to the community who visit these locations,” Ms Sanderson said.

“RATs play an important and convenient part in managing the impacts and minimising the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” she said.

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