Coomealla temperature check goes high-tech

THERE'S a new tool in town helping Coomealla Health Aboriginal Corporation responsibly welcome visitors during the coronavirus pandemic.

At the Dareton entrance, arrivals are now having their temperature tested not by a staff member with a handheld thermometer, but a high-tech thermal image system.

The camera can read a person's temperature and display it back to them on the device's screen.

It's also linked to the operation of the door, meaning someone with a high temperature can be kept at the entrance area.

Staff in the reception can also converse with arrivals through an intercom, to offer help with the system or to give instructions after a high reading.

Coomealla Health Aboriginal Corporation corporate services and finance manager Jenny Botha said the machine was installed last Monday and the community were "very excited" about using it.

Ms Botha said the new tech avoided the need to have a staff member stand out the front and reduced any associated risk.

"We've tested it and trialled it and it's working quite well," she said.

The system could also be adapted to different use cases.

Ms Botha said if there was at some point a government directive to wear masks, it could communicate to those without a mask to put one on before being allowed to enter.

MVAD Technologies sales executive Andrew Lynch said more functionality options can be tested and this particular system was the first of its kind in Sunraysia.

"We're still scratching the surface on what it can do," Mr Lynch said.

Mildura Base Hospital this week unveiled its own streamlined entry process featuring a thermal image camera.