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.

The State Government’s Winter Demand Management Plan for 2019 is available online here.

Influenza prevention

The Tasmanian Department of Health has developed an Influenza Immunisation Provider Toolkit, available on the FluTAS website.

The toolkit covers the 2019 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. There is a useful decision aid for adult flu immunisation.

The FluTAS website also has resources including fact sheets and posters.

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Influenza management

The Department’s FluTAS website will be 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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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 during May and June this year through outreach clinics organised in partnership currently with 24 crisis service providers in the south, north and north west.

Discussions are being held with a view to bringing more providers to come on board.

All Round Health and Community Care general manager David Patras says the provider is hoping to immunise more than 500 people this year.

Click here to find out more.

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:

  • asthma, bronchiolitis and croup
  • angina and myocardial infarction (both more common in winter)
  • burn injuries
  • COPD
  • eczema
  • influenza immunisation and influenza infection and control.

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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 or app to find information about a range of medical services available at night time, weekends and public holidays.

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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