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.
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.
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.