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Winter Preparedness for Health Professionals

This winter, people are back out in the community but so are COVID-19 and influenza.

COVID-19 rates are high and Victoria has already recorded more cases of the flu so far this year than the whole of 2020 and 2021 combined. That’s why it’s so important to do what we can to stay well this winter.

Given the ongoing levels of COVID-19 in Gippsland and the likelihood of COVID-19 case transmission continuing through 2022, Gippsland PHN has developed a 2022 Winter Preparedness Plan to ensure Gippsland is prepared to manage both COVID-19 and influenza.

The winter plan aims to support people in the Gippsland community to stay well and safely manage COVID-19 and Influenza at home during winter and is supported by a new grant program available for general practices.

General practice

The winter influenza season has arrived and the role of general practice is critical. Gippsland PHN is here to support you and your practice as you prepare for flu season, while continuing to respond to outbreaks of COVID-19.

If your practice can’t see patients with respiratory symptoms this year, please direct them to our six Gippsland Respiratory Clinics – not to hospital, unless it’s an emergency.

Key Resources:

Key messages for primary health care workers

  • The Victorian Government is offering free influenza vaccinations from your GP or pharmacy from 1 June to30 June 2022
  • Seasonal vaccination is recommended for everyone aged 6 months and over, strongly recommended for high-risk groups, and is free for some of these groups.
  • Your general practice or local pharmacy can administer your influenza vaccination.
  • COVID-19 vaccines can be co-administered (given on the same day) with an influenza vaccine.
  • General practice respiratory clinics are available to provide patients with access to assessment for flu and other respiratory symptoms, testing and treatment close to where they live.

Gippsland PHN - Digital Health Toolbox

To support general practices in Gippsland to prepare for the likely increase in influenza and COVID-19 cases, Gippsland PHN offers a range of digital health tools and resources that can help general practices establish workflows that benefit patients and practices and help keep patients safe and well.

 See this information Winter preparedness flyer.

Gippsland PHN resources:

Go to the One Good Community Digital Health Toolbox.

Gippsland HealthPathways

Our Gippsland HealthPathways team works to ensure GPs and other health professionals can quickly access the latest influenza information at the point of care.

Relevant pages include:

For further support, please also see the pathway suites for:

Access to Gippsland HealthPathways is limited to health professionals within Gippsland. For more information, email digitalhealth@gphn.org.au

Residential Aged Care Facilities

COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Stay up to date with the latest information and guidance regarding vaccinations for both staff and residents. This webpage also provides residential aged care facilities with recommendations on how to ensure the safety of visitors and staff within your facility.

For Winter Dose 2022 Specific information

COVID19 Winter Dose Information Kit for Residential Aged Care Providers outlines guidance and resources to assist in planning and preparing for the COVID-19 Winter dose vaccination program.

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