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2022 RACGP curriculum and syllabus
for Australian general practice
The Abuse and violence: working with our patients in general practice provides the best-available current evidence for GPs
Stay up-to-date with the latest information and resources on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
Download the Standards for general practice (5th edition) - a benchmark for quality care and risk management in Australian general practices
Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources for general practitioners
Advice and guidelines for GPs and practice teams to help protect general practice information systems
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Read all of the RACGP reports and submissions on various healthcare topics
Read all of the RACGP position statements on various healthcare topics
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Winter Planning Toolkit modules
Module 3: Testing
Last revised: 05 Jun 2023
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is highly contagious and generally infects a person's airways and lungs. It is spread via talking, coughing, sneezing, and through direct contact with infected surfaces. Children under two years of age are most commonly affected, although adults can also contract the virus. Populations most at risk of severe disease are infants under six months, children with asthma or breathing problems, older people, and people with pre-existing heart, lung or immune system conditions1.
Symptoms include breathing problems and lung infections such as bronchiolitis and pneumonia. It is diagnosed via PCR or a blood test screening for antibodies1.
As there is currently no RSV vaccine approved for use in Australia1, infection prevention and control principles are essential, particularly hand hygiene, personal protective equipment, levels of precaution, staff screening immunisation and infection management, and disease surveillance and outbreak response.
Laboratory confirmed RSV is a notifiable disease in Australia and must be reported via your state or territory’s reporting mechanism.
The RACGP has a 1.5-hour virtual learning activity, The cough that sometimes kills: an update on RSV for GPs and paediatricians (accessible for RACGP CPD home members only).
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