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Activity description

121380 - ASPREN Sentinel Surveillance: Improving the Diagnosis of Influenza in General Practice

The University of Adelaide

ASPREN is the National GP influenza and infectious disease surveillance network. GPs will be asked to supply deidentified information about patients presenting with an influenza-like-illness, gastroenteritis, chicken pox and shingles and undertake swab testing of 25% of patients presenting with an influenza like illness. The majority of data can be sumbitted via automated weekly data extraction using the Canning Flu Tool.

ASPREN ILI surveillance and data reporting improves GPs knowledge of the incidence, distribution and identification of influenza and influenza-like illness in the community.

Relevance to General Practice

Influenza is an important global public health problem causing considerable impact on morbidity and mortality.

In order to lessen the impact of pandemics and enable planning measures to be rapidly implemented, much effort has been spent on early or rapid detection of influenza epidemics and characterisation of circulating virus strains. Effective disease surveillance systems help to protect Australia from the spread of evolving viruses. Monitoring of Influenza in the community through GP networks is crucial for the detection and management.

ASPREN is a key stakeholder in the Australian Health Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza Biosecurity Surveillance Program. Participation in the ASPREN surveillance program provides an opportunity for GPs to use their judgment to diagnose influenza. Providing surveillance information back to general practices also assists GPs in the diagnosis of influenza in the community as well as supporting overall patient management.

Learning outcomes

  1. To improve GPs awareness of influenza-like illness in the community.
  2. To provide an opportunity for GPs to evaluate diagnostic skills and compare clinical diagnosis against laboratory diagnosis.
  3. For GPs to access information from existing national and jurisdictional public health communicable disease surveillance systems

Domains of General Practice

D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
  • The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices

D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Aboriginal and Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander health
  • Rural health
  • Adult health
  • Care of older people
  • Children and young people health
  • Disaster management
  • Other

Partnering organisations

The University of Adelaide, Discipline of General Practice World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza Institute of Medical and Vetinary Science (IMVS)

Activity sponsor

The Commonwealth's Department of Health
QI activity

Session summary


Sunday 1 Jan 2017 12:00am - Tuesday 31 Dec 2019 12:00am

This activity is readily available at any time


GP Practice






All attendees welcome

Target Audience


For more information contact...

Monique Chilver
T: 08 8313 3463