Disaster & General Practice in the spotlight @#GP20Connect with key speakers: Dr Penny Burns, Professor Michael Kiss AM FAHMS, Dr Mukesh Haikerwal & presenter Dr Larissa Roeske.
We heard about:
The integration of Primary Healthcare Professionals in disaster healthcare.
What is the definition of a disaster?
General Practitioners on the ground when disaster strikes- how GPs are emerging as ground zero responders.
The vital contribution that General Practitioners made to the healthcare response during the Christchurch earthquake, tsunami in Japan, bushfires across Victoria and NSW and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The key messages from the panel on what we can do to be best prepared for health or natural disasters:
Data collection, documentation management & information integrity.
Keeping a log of your broader set of observations that you have made through the pandemic.
Advocating for the wider Primary Healthcare community to ensure information is made accessible when required.
Ensuring adequate support is given to General practitioners in times of disaster.
Embed research into the PHC response, have the support of the universities so we are building on existing knowledge.
Have active General Practice voices in the state public health units, PHNs and colleges.
For further discussion connect with Rachele Sinclair (02) 8877 8736 or firstname.lastname@example.org
HPG (Healthcare Professionals Group)