Winter management

This web page aims to point GPs and other primary healthcare professionals to key information and resources to help them plan for, and manage, winter illness.

Influenza prevention

The Tasmanian Department of Health has developed an Influenza Immunisation Provider Toolkit, available on the FluTAS website. The toolkit was developed by NSW Health and adapted by Public Health Services Tasmania to assist providers with managing the implementation of their flu immunisation program in 2020.

The toolkit covers the 2020 flu vaccines; target populations for funded vaccine; vaccination timing; the vaccine ordering process; outbreaks in aged care facilities; reporting to the Australian Immunisation Register; reporting adverse events; and storage and cold chain management.

The FluTAS website also has resources including fact sheets and posters, as well as recommendations to help councils, general practice and other immunisation providers provide immunisation services to their community.

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Influenza management

The Department’s FluTAS website is regularly updated with information about flu incidence in Tasmania, and related advice and resources for health professionals and aged care facilities.

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Tasmanian HealthPathways

Tasmanian HealthPathways is an online portal guiding best-practice assessment and management of common medical conditions.

There are a number of Tasmanian HealthPathways that are particularly relevant to winter illness, including:

Health professionals may also wish to review mental health risks and impacts over the winter period, via the Mental Health Pathways.

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Free flu immunisation for vulnerable Tasmanians

This year, Primary Health Tasmania has again commissioned All Round Health and Community Care to provide free flu immunisation to homeless and other vulnerable people across the state.

This service is being delivered through outreach clinics organised in partnership with a wide range of crisis service providers in the south, north and north west.

All Round Health and Community Care general manager David Patras spoke to Primary Health Tasmania about the service, and its intended impact, last year.

Click here to read the story.

After hours medical services

Tasmanians are encouraged to familiarise themselves with any after hours arrangements their regular GP might have in place.

Dedicated non-emergency after hours services are also available for use by Tasmanian health professionals and their patients.

GP Assist provides local GPs and other health professionals with direct access to after hours telephone support from an on-call GP in Tasmania, at no cost: 6165 2346.

Consumers can use the Tas After Hours website to find information about a range of medical services available at night time, weekends and public holidays. Users can also download the app, allowing them to call their GP, a helpline or 000 all from the app.

Consumers can also access free after hours medical advice through the national healthdirect Australia telephone helpline: 1800 022 222. Registered nurses at healthdirect Australia provide information and advice. If a nurse decides a Tasmanian caller needs more care, the caller is transferred to a doctor at GP Assist in Tasmania.

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COVID-19 information for health professionals

Health professionals can find information about navigating care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on our dedicated page, which includes:

  • a list of the COVID-19 Tasmanian HealthPathways
  • information on telehealth
  • information about surgical masks and face shields
  • and more.