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Pandemic Influenza
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Current Status

Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) outbreak in China - (H7N9).

Information on the current situation on the Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) outbreak in China - (H7N9) is available on the Department of Health website.

Australian Health Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza

Australia’s response to pandemic influenza is guided by a nationally agreed health sector response plan: the Australian Health Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza (AHMPPI). A revised AHMPPI has been developed taking into account the recommendations of the Review of Australia’s Health Sector Response to Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 and developments in the approach to pandemic response within the international community.

The review of the response to the H1N1 Pandemic in 2009 recommended a substantial change to the approach of the AHMPPI. Some of the key aspects of the new approach include:

  • wherever possible, use of existing systems and governance mechanisms, particularly those for seasonal influenza as the basis of the response;
  • application of a flexible approach, which can be scaled and varied to meet the needs experienced at the time;
  • evidence-based decision making;
  • strong linkages with emergency response arrangements;
  • an emphasis on communications activities as a key tool in management of the response;
  • provision of detailed guidance on the collection of national surveillance data; and
  • the potential to apply the plan to seasonal influenza, if it threatens to overwhelm health systems.

The AHMPPI was endorsed by the Standing Council for Health on 11 April 2014. For further information email Pandemic Planning.

Review of Australia’s Health Sector Response to Pandemic (H1N1) 2009: Lessons Identified

The Report is the result of extensive consultation with Australia’s domestic stakeholders to ensure it accurately reviews the health sector response to the 2009 pandemic. It focuses on what was planned, what happened during the response, and identifies key issues and lessons to inform future pandemic planning in Australia. The Report makes twenty-five recommendations that encompass the range of public health policies and actions relevant to a national health sector response to an influenza pandemic.

The Pandemic Review Implementation Advisory Committee (PRIAC) was established to oversee the implementation of the recommendations. The PRIAC is chaired by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Professor Chris Baggoley, and comprises of appropriate stakeholders including Commonwealth, jurisdictional, and specialist representation. The outcomes of a number of recommendations will inform a review of the Australian Health Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza 2009.

Preparing for pandemic influenza

This website provides important information about pandemic influenza, including what the Australian Government did in response to the pandemic (H1N1) influenza 2009 outbreak and what it will do if we face another pandemic. This site also contains information on what individuals, businesses, communities and health care professionals can do to prepare for and respond to a flu pandemic. This website was developed in consultation with State and Territory and local governments.

Even though Australia is well equipped, governments alone cannot respond effectively to a flu pandemic. It is important that we are all prepared for the possibility of a pandemic and ready to respond to the threat to help slow the spread of infection and lessen the impact.

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