Aged Care Facility COVID-19 testing

The Australian Government has engaged Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology (SNP) to provide a dedicated pathology service for rapid sample collection and testing for COVID-19 in aged care facilities (ACF).

How the process works

In the event of a suspected COVID-19 case, ACFs must contact the relevant Public Health Unit or the Department of Health to arrange testing.

Email the Department of Health

Once testing is approved by the Department of Health, SNP will be engaged to co-ordinate testing,

Please note SNP is unable to take collection bookings without prior approval.

Download the metropolitan & regional ACF response plan

Download the regional  ACF response plan


ACF Checklist

To prepare testing for ACF residents and staff, download and complete the checklist provided.

Download checklist

Training video for COVID-19 swab collection

This video demonstrates the procedure and includes instructions for:

  • Appropriate preparation
  • Throat and nasal swab collection
  • Packaging the completed swab
Updated Tuesday, 11 January 2022