Top tier medical gear made by people with a disability

Thursday, 01 February, 2024

Top tier medical gear made by people with a disability

Top tier medical gear made by people with a disability

Aruma — one of Australia’s largest disability providers — is proud to employ more than 130 people with a disability to create a variety of high-quality medical packs and other specialised products.

Known as Supported Employees, these specialised teams make up part of a 450-strong workforce of people with a disability working across eight Aruma businesses.

From pharmacy packaging to DNA sampling kits, our teams service a range of large clients including Medical and Surgical Health facilities (both public and private) and Emergency and Forensic Services around Australia, including state Ambulance services and Police agencies.

Want to know more? Read on to find out about these businesses and the people behind the products.

Australian-made Medical Packs making a real difference

Aruma Medical Packs & Forensic Supplies is a leading supplier of medical packs to the Australian Health Industry and Defence Force. We are TGA and ISO certified.

Aruma Medical Packs and Forensic Supplies (formerly House with No Steps and MediRedi) assembles products for Australian hospitals, healthcare organisations and emergency services.

Since 2004, we have also become a leading supplier of forensic investigation kits for companies across Australia. We are one of only 10 companies worldwide with ISO 18385 certification.

What’s so good about getting an ISO 18385 certification?

Aruma’s Forensic Supplies business based in Burleigh Heads, Queensland, continues to maintain their ISO 18385 certification — one of only 10 companies worldwide with this authorisation.

This means they are authorised to continue producing forensic sampling kits that are virtually free of DNA. Such kits reduce the risk of DNA evidence being compromised due to interference from contamination.

Aruma Forensic Supplies Department Supervisor Lisa McLoughlin said her team of 19 Supported Employees work in the forensics department to make and package some 3000 ISO 18385-certified kits each month.

“We started looking into getting the accreditation back in 2016 and we went through the training and other processes to get it in 2019,” Lisa says.

“We need to meet strict requirements to keep the accreditation, and we undergo auditing every year, which we’ve just got the official green light from for this year.”

The team of Supported Employees work on a rotating roster and need to follow a range of guidelines to perform their roles.

“Everyone in the team is fully geared up from head to toe in Personal Protective Clothing, including hair nets, masks, gloves, protective gowns and shoe covers,” Lisa says.

“It’s so rewarding to be creating such essential and highly specialised products for our high-profile customers. I don’t think many local people in Burleigh Heads would realise what we do here!”

Supported Employees Daniel Ford and David Walmsley have worked in the Forensics Department for four and six years respectively.

“I like working here because I know I am making a difference and assisting the police,” David says.

“It makes me feel good to come to work with my friends and I know I can get help with anything from my Team Leaders who are always there,” Daniel adds.

Aruma Forensic Supplies has a range of customers on the books for ISO 18385-certified kits, including Queensland Police Service, NSW Police, and even ships overseas to the Fiji Police Force.

The wider team of 30 Supported Employees also make a range of other testing kits for law enforcement agencies including Northern Territory Police and Tasmania Police.

What other products do people with a disability make?

We are the leading supplier to Australian hospitals, ambulance services, healthcare professionals, skin cancer clinics, day surgeries, the Australian Defence Force and several police forces across the country.

Just some of the products we make include:

  • Customised kits
  • Drug testing kits
  • Military and police trauma kits
  • Pharmacy packaging
  • DNA sampling kits: mouth, blood and hair
  • Sexual assault investigation kits
  • Roadside drug testing units
  • Secondary packaging including laboratory kits, diagnostic kits, pharmaceutical, relabelling and veterinary products

Hospital and ambulance medical packs, and supplies

At Aruma, we produce a diverse range of medical packs, which are all pre-packed in our ISO-certified clean room. Medical and healthcare professionals can access the equipment they need for a procedure in one complete pack, saving time and reducing the risk of infection and error.

In fact, you’ll find our maternity and delivery packs in ambulances throughout NSW.

We produce more than 130 different packs including:

  • Catheter packs
  • Dialysis packs
  • Ophthalmic kits
  • Surgical prep kits
  • Dental kits
  • IV kits
  • Bladder kits
  • Anaesthetic prep kits
  • Oral care packs
  • Dressing kits
  • Customised kits

Custom packs

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Need specialist packs?

Our Medical Packs and Forensic Supplies team can customise to your specific requirements.

We offer several cleanroom facilities to meet specific customer requirements. No job too big or too small.

Quality standards and compliance

At Aruma, our sterile custom packs and forensic evidence collection products are produced in our clean rooms under strict accordance with ISO 13485 and ISO 14644 standards.

We are fully accredited with the Australian Commonwealth Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

Holding TGA conformity for the manufacture of medical devices and procedural packs, our Medical Packs and Supplies business is an ISO 13485 accredited manufacturer. We offer several cleanroom facilities to meet specific customer requirements.

We hold a NSW Poisons Licence and can (subject to regulatory constraints) include pharmaceutical products in procedural packs. We also have an active commitment to environmental management best practice initiatives and continuous improvement.

Australia Wide

We deliver nationwide and all our packs are built to Australian Standards and designed to meet your specifications.

Want to know more?

Get a quote today. Medical Packs and Supplies | Aruma

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