Increase general practice preparedness for emergency

This is a Less Involved QI – includes PIP QI measures

In the first week of November 2019, an unprecedented bush fire emergency unfolded in our region with catastrophic conditions and, at one point, up to 17 fires concurrently burning at emergency level. There was significant loss of life and property. The 2020/21 Bush Fire Danger Period has commenced for North Coast LGAs.

Emergencies such as bushfire, flood and pandemic pose a risk to business continuity in general practice.

It is a requirement of the RACGP Standards for general practices (5th edition) that practices compile and maintain an emergency response plan (C3.3).

Goal

Improve business continuity by compiling and regularly reviewing an emergency response plan.

Measure

Emergency response audit completed and plan created.

Starting point
Possible improvement ideas
  • Compile the audit and save it for review along with any other documents relating to emergency management.
  • Conduct the audit involving the owner.
  • Discuss with those involved and with all staff.
  • Put a one-page summary of the plan up in the tea room.
  • Talk with peers and colleagues in neighbouring practices to see if they have, or wish to share, an emergency management plan.

Let us know your progress on this activity

Coordinator Contacts

Our organisation highly values our front-line partners in general practice, allied health, the Local Health Districts, as well as the wider health, mental health, and social service sectors.

The first point of contact for partner organisations and professionals seeking to improve joint health outcomes in the North Coast is the regional Primary Care Coordinators listed below.

Aboriginal health is a key priority for our organisation. We are committed to improving health outcomes and equitable outcomes across our region.

We have a dedicated Aboriginal Health Team to ensure Aboriginal health priorities across the North Coast are led by and identified in consultation with the Aboriginal Community Controlled sector (ACCS), Aboriginal people and communities.

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