The SA Health Viral Respiratory Disease Pandemic Response Plan (PDF 341KB) provides a strategic outline of the South Australian Government and SA Health’s response to a viral respiratory disease pandemic in Australia, and describes the high level decisions and broad approach the South Australian Government and health sector will take to respond to the pandemic.
The aim of the plan is to minimise the consequences of a viral respiratory disease pandemic on the South Australian health system, community and economy.
Pending the availability of vaccines, antiviral drugs may be useful for treatment or prophylaxis (prevention of illness) purposes. The Antiviral Distribution sub plan (PDF 268KB) provides information on antiviral agents proposed for pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylaxis during a pandemic.
The objective of a hospital or community is to minimise the number of patient presentations/demand for service at hospital Emergency Departments (EDs) and General Practitioner (GP) practices thus allowing the continuation of their core business. Clinic details are outlined in the Community Flu Clinic sub plan (PDF 216KB).
The Infection Control sub plan (PDF 122KB) focuses on the management principles applicable to the care of patients with suspected or confirmed pandemic influenza as well as providing information on standard and transmission-based precautions.
Primary care is the first point of call for the majority of inpiduals seeking health care external to the provision of care in a hospital or specialist setting. The Primary Care Management sub plan (PDF 219KB) incorporates multiple agencies and organisations, including GPs who will be an integral part of the pandemic response.
SA Pathology provides routine influenza diagnostic testing to SA Health and the objectives of laboratory testing during the course of a pandemic will change. Details of SA Pathology’s response to a viral respiratory disease pandemic can be found in the South Australian Laboratory sub plan (PDF 130KB).
The Surveillance sub plan (PDF 119KB) outlines how the Communicable Disease Control Branch monitors the number of cases of a disease during an outbreak, especially contract tracing and limiting transmissions of a viral respiratory disease.
Due to the unpredictable nature of a disease the Vaccination sub plan (PDF 213KB) is designed to be flexible to allow an appropriate response, and seamless delivery of appropriate vaccination in the event of an pandemic.
The Workforce Services sub plan (PDF 128KB) provides a standardised approach to the key workforce issues relating to health, safety and welfare of workers (including employees, agency staff and other contractors, students, volunteers and tenants) whilst maintaining essential business services during a pandemic.
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