April 5, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier

With governments set to further ease testing and isolation requirements on travellers and the wider population alongside an expected winter wave of infection expected, implementing measures to keep COVID-19 out of the event environment is becoming ever more important.

The first line of defence is instituting pre-event rapid antigen testing and a new testing service provider has emerged with a significant industry event already under its belt.

Event Health Hub uses a team of clinically trained registered nurses to supervise rapid antigen testing on arrival at an event.

The organisation delivered the testing program at Get Local at ICC Sydney in February attended by 700 event professionals.

The team explains the testing process to attendees on arrival, issues rapid testing kits, checks results and issues clearances for those with a negative test to enter the event.

“It not only provides event planners with peace of mind but attendees as well and is the best way of ensuring people can come together safely for their important gatherings,” said Jo Keough, leader of the Event Health Hub team and a registered nurse with 30 years’ experience.

“In the event of a positive test result we are there to discuss options, the next steps and alleviate any uncertainty people may have.”

The organisation can also provide onsite medical staff for events. The business is based in Sydney but has staff across Australia and New Zealand able to service events throughout the region.