Importance of preparation for winter
As we enter the cooler months, it is important for your practice to consider and implement winter preparedness activities to ensure the health and safety of your patients and practice team. The Winter Planning Toolkit highlights key priorities and principles of:
- infection prevention and control
- workforce protection and planning
- processes for patient management
- managing the risk of cross infection
- health and wellbeing of staff
This toolkit is also relevant to the Northern parts of Australia experiencing the dry season during the winter months. It is common to see an increase in infection risk due to a rise in tourism during this time.
Complexity of patient care with influenza and COVID-19
As COVID-19 gradually passes beyond its pandemic phase and international travel increases, general practices will continue to contend with surges of COVID-19, influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and other respiratory viruses during winter.