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Module 2: Caring for vulnerable populations
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare have identified the following vulnerable and priority populations who may have additional risk factors during an emergency, as those who:
Your practice may wish to work with people from vulnerable populations when developing emergency action plans to ensure they are helpful and effective. You might consider:
It is important for practices to consider how they may be able to identify vulnerable groups throughout a natural disaster or emergency. Correct coding of data such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, age and mental health diagnoses will ensure these patients are easily searchable. Other factors such as homelessness or LGBTIQA+ status may be more difficult to record.
Practices are also encouraged to consider how they may be able to check in on vulnerable populations during an emergency.
Your practice may think about the following strategies when planning for emergencies:
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