Warner & Webster is actively monitoring the availability of several Rapid Antingen Testing products in Australia, as the arrival of the Omicron Variant in the lead up to the Christmas-New Year period has significantly increased demand for these products.
We are working closely with suppliers to fill orders as quickly as possible, however the rapid surge in demand has meant that certain products are no longer available. Warner & Webster are not accepting backorders at this time, and we apologise for any inconvienience this may cause.
Please note: Due to TGA restrictions, we are unable to supply the products below direct to consumers.
The COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test is not a substitute for a PCR test, Rapid Antigen testing is only for screening purposes and you should rely on a PCR test if unwell at all. This test is only a screening aid in detecting antigen from the SARS-CoV-2 virus in individuals suspected of COVID-19.
This product is strictly intended for professional use in laboratory and Point of Care environment.
What is the difference between nasal and nasypharyngeal tests?
The COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test Nasal provides rapid results for fast decision making at the Point of Care. Nasal sampling is less invasive, which can reduce patient discomfort, and minimize the duration of the procedure as well as the risk of sneezing or coughing. Nasal swab samples may be self-collected by patients under supervision, offering further protection for healthcare professionals. Rapid Antigen tests do not replace PCR tests, you should always consult your medical professional and get a PCR test if unwell.
The value of rapid testing is that they can detect an active infection before symptoms become apparent, especially when used regularly as part of a testing regime, while the patient is shedding high levels of the virus and therefore has a high risk of transmitting it to others.
Rapid Antigen tests do not replace PCR tests, you should always consult your medical professional and get a PCR test if unwell.
Can I purchase the test?
The tests can be supplied for use by specified health practitioners at the point of care to the following:
Registered Medical Practitioners or Paramedics, or an organisation, business or institution that employs or engages a registered Medical Practitioner or Paramedic to perform or oversee performance of the test. The tests can only to be used to test employees or contractors of the organisation, business or institution, or a patient under the direct care of the Medical Practitioner or the Paramedic.
Residential care (disability and rehabilitation facilities) and aged care facilities that employ or engage Health Practitioners (as defined by the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989) to conduct or perform the test. If the residential care or aged care facilities provide care in the home this condition would also allow for performance of the test to be conducted by a Health Practitioner or Paramedic. The tests can only be used to test residents, staff of, or visitors to, the residential care or aged care facility, or clients and staff of the home care service provider.
Organisations, businesses, or institutions that employ or engage health practitioners or paramedics to conduct or oversee performance of the tests. For example, rapid antigen tests are being used in the mining sector consistent with these conditions. The tests can only be used to test staff or students of the organisation, business or institution, or a person who is a patient of a registered Dental Practitioner who requires an emergency dental procedure.
The tests can also be supplied to accredited laboratories and to Commonwealth, state or territory government departments, in cooperation with their relevant health departments.
I live in South Australia or Western Australia. Can I purchase Rapid Antigen Tests?
In South Australia, Point of care antigen based or nucleic acid based tests for detecting or diagnosing COVID-19 may be used by:
a person providing pathology services within SA Pathology; or
a person providing public health services within the Department of Health and Wellbeing; or
NATA accredited pathology labs or similar testing services that have been approved by the SA Chief Public Health Officer.
Call our Customer Service team on 1300 556 917 or place your order through our Web Self-Service System.
After purchasing this product, you will need to attend webinar training provided by the manufacturer before you begin testing. Be aware, we will need to pass your contact details onto the manufacturer so they can provide this training.
Further information on COVID-19 rapid antigen testing in general is avaliable from the TGA at the links below