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Bushfire information for health professionals and the community

14/01/2020


A range of helpful resources and information has been collated to assist GPs and their patients who may be affected by the bushfire situation in Australia.

HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

Health professionals wishing to volunteer their services

Health professionals including GPs, nurses and allied health professionals, wishing to offer their services to bushfire affected regions, should contact the relevant Rural Workforce Agency: The Federal Government is currently expediating the process of getting GPs and allied health workers to bushfire-affected communities.

RACGP information for GPs

The RACGP has developed a fact sheet which outlines important information about bushfires in Australia, keeping your practice and patients as safe and providing support for those affected. 

Trauma toolkit for health practitioners and educators

The Federal Government has released a community trauma toolkit for health professionals to support children and families affected by the bushfires.

Managing patients affected from bush fire smoke

PenCS has developed an ‘Asthma and COPD Alert’ booklet for GPs with instructions on how to identify patients with asthma or COPD, who may currently be at risk due to the hazardous air quality from bush fire smoke. The acting Chief Medical Officer and Territory Chief Health Officers have released a health fact sheet regarding the use of masks for those exposed to bushfire smoke. 

COMMUNITY

Support for people directly affected by bushfires

The Australian Government Department of Human Services has information about for support available for people directly affected by bushfires in disaster declared areas. 

Mental health information 

For those affected by the bushfires, the Federal Government has announced a package of mental health assistance. The Life in Mind website also provides relevant information. 
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