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Five Point Plan for Flu Season

Media Release 
Minister for Health and 
Minister for Ambulance Services
The Honourable Cameron Dick
Five Point Plan for Flu Season

The Palaszczuk Government is preparing Queensland’s public hospitals for a tough flu season with a five point plan to drive efficiencies, keep emergency departments moving and get ambulances back on the road.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick today unveiled the government’s five point plan to prepare the health system for the challenges of the flu season.

The Minister said that each winter there was a rise in activity in hospitals as the number of Queenslanders presenting to emergency departments skyrocketed.

“Every year we know the flu season hits our hospitals hard. The Palaszczuk Government is doing its part to prepare our hospitals for this surge of patients.

“We know that the flu season starts in June and peaks in August. What our government is doing is getting ahead of the game and meeting this challenge head on.”

The government’s five point plan will:
  1. Provide an additional $15 million to Health and Hospitals Services;
  2. Deliver access to an extra 139 beds across the state to provide surge capacity in areas of high demand;
  3. Deploy 12 new Clinical Initiative Nurses (CINs) in metropolitan hospitals to supervise patients arriving by ambulance and get QAS resources back on the road faster; 
  4. In partnership with the CSIRO, use large data sets to make staffing hospitals and emergency departments during winter more efficient; and
  5. Bring forward the recruitment of additional paramedics in response to raising demand for services.

Mr Dick said it was vital Hospital and Health Services across the state have all the tools at their disposal to respond to this seasonal peak.

“The Government will do its part, but we need help from Queenslanders. Too many people are using EDs for ailments that could be better treated by a GP,” he said.

“The best thing Queenslanders can do is to get a flu jab and go and see their GP to proactively manage their health concerns – let’s keep emergency departments for emergencies.”

ENDS

MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Fraser 0428 690 679

2 Comments to Five Point Plan for Flu Season:

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Ronald T on Tuesday, 17 May 2016 6:55 PM
and the vaccine of course
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Angela Parker RN on Monday, 30 May 2016 2:36 PM
At-risk groups Those who the National Health and Medical Research Council recommends should be vaccinated against influenza: people aged 65 years and over Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years of age and over anyone over 6 months of age with any of the following chronic illnesses: heart conditions lung/respiratory conditions, such as asthma diabetes (and other chronic metabolic diseases) kidney disease impaired immunity chronic neurological conditions including multiple sclerosis and seizure disorders haemoglobinopathies (a range of genetically inherited disorders of red blood cell haemoglobin) pregnant women residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities Source: Department of Health
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