Skilled health care providers will be extremely important during an influenza pandemic. They will provide care and treat patients with pandemic influenza, support families during anxious times and maintain other essential health services.
Health care professionals, including clinicians, general practitioners, practice nurses, Aboriginal health workers, paramedics and other carers will play an essential role in a pandemic. Their role will vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and may vary from location to location. However their role may include educating the public about the risks associated with a pandemic, and basic infection control practices that can be implemented by everyone to reduce the spread of infection.
Health care professionals will be important for surveillance, and might be the first to identify and report cases of pandemic influenza to public health authorities. Other roles during a pandemic may include:
- Maintaining life saving non-influenza services
- Treating patients with pandemic influenza
- Supporting families during anxious times
- Providing care in the home setting (if appropriate)
- Providing care in new flu clinics and/or other influenza specific service.
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- Australian General Practice Network
- Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
The Royal Australian College for General Practitioners (RACGP) has developed a Pandemic Flu Kit to assist general practices in preparing for an influenza pandemic. The Kit is designed to support the education and training of practice staff and cover a range of topics including business continuity, infection control, communication, and clinical management. The Kit is aimed at all practice staff and will provide the practice team with the information to develop their own practice plan.
- Australian Medical Association
- Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
- Rural Doctors Association of Australia
- The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
- The Pharmacy Guild of Australia