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 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.
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.