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Collins, N, Litt, J, Moore, M, Winzenberg, TM and Shaw, K 2006 , 'General practice: professional preparation for a pandemic' , Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 185, no. 10 , S66-S69 .

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General practice will play a key role in both prevention an management of an influenza pandemic. Australian pandemic
plans acknowledge a role for general practice, but there are few published data addressing the issues that general
practitioners and their practices will face in dealing with such a crisis.
The outcome will revolve around preparation in three key areas: Definition of the role of general practice within a broad primary care pandemic response, and adequate
preparation within general practices so they can play that
role well. Planning exercises and forums must include GPs,
and rehearsals must include practical experience for
general practices and their staff. Local Divisions of General
Practice and GP practices can advocate for this, can define
their role, and can prepare by using pandemic
preparedness checklists. Definition and enactment of communication strategies to facilitate transfer of useful clinical and administrative data
from practices and rapid dissemination of information into
the community via general practice.
Resource provision, which should be centrally funded but
locally distributed, with personal protective equipment,
vaccines and antivirals readily available for distribution.
Resources must include support for human resource
management to ensure appropriate health care professionals
reach areas of workforce demand. Administrative, clinical and financial resources must be available to train GPs and
practices in pandemic awareness and response.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Collins, N and Litt, J and Moore, M and Winzenberg, TM and Shaw, K
Journal or Publication Title: Medical Journal of Australia
ISSN: 0025-729X
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