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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 289 asked in the Legislative Council on 31 March 2020 by Hon Charles Smith

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on


289. Hon CHARLES SMITH to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

I refer to the minister's recent televised comments regarding sourcing ventilators for our state.

(1) How many ventilators does the state currently have?

(2) How many are forecast to be required as the pandemic continues in Western Australia?

(3) How many ventilators is the government sourcing?

(4) What companies and countries is the government sourcing the additional ventilators from?

(5) Does the state have an emergency management plan that� includes response to a viral pandemic?

(6) Is the state following this plan?

(7) When was this plan produced, and by whom?


I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) There are approximately 390 ventilators in the system today.

(2) It is too early to accurately determine the number of infections anticipated in WA and therefore the number of ventilators required. The Department of Health is currently looking at a range of modelling scenarios to reflect the different interventions and the potential effect on the rates of community transition.

(3) As at 31 March 2020, there are 301 additional ventilators on order.

(4) As at 31 March 2020, 301 ventilators have been purchased.

(5) ''State Hazard Plan: Human Biosecurity'' is the state plan for the management of the hazard of human epidemic. ''State Hazard Plan: Human Biosecurity'' supports the state emergency plan. Both of these plans are approved through the State Emergency Management Committee. The WA Health system has internal plans that guide response measures.

(6) Yes, the state is following the plans outlined in part (5).

(7) The ''State Hazard Plan: Human Biosecurity'' was last approved on 10 May 2019. This plan is the responsibility of the state human epidemic controller and state health coordinator.