Approach to care – natural disasters course

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) has announced an “Approach to Care – Natural Disasters” course. This course will introduce health professionals to the health and psychosocial issues associated with environmental disasters and the role they can play in responding to these issues.

An illustrated guide for coping with traumatic news

The ABC has put together an illustrated guide for coping with traumatic news. The guide provides strategies for dealing with stress and grief and is appropriate for both adults and children.

GP psychiatry support line

The GP Psychiatry Support Line is a free service for GPs to help manage the care of mental health consumers. Advice can support GPs with diagnosis, investigation, medication and safety plans. 

AH&MRC of NSW self-care toolkit

The AH&MRC of NSW has put together a self-care toolkit to support and promote self-care practices to increase overall health and wellbeing.

ACRRM support for college members

The Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine (ACRRM) has provided information and resourses for its college members affected by the bushfires.

Natural disaster and emergency primary health workforce response

RDN and partner organisations are coordinating a response to provide General Practice and primary health care workforce support to areas of NSW affected by natural disasters. 

We are seeking expressions of interest from healthcare professionals who can provide assistance and relief in communities.

There are two critical periods for workforce support. Firstly, the emergency response period (January and February) and secondly the recovery period (February through to December 2020). Your consideration of availability for both these periods is appreciated.

RACGP’s managing emergencies in general practice guide

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) managing emergencies in general practice guide aims to assist practices to prepare, respond and recover from disasters and emergencies in Australia.

Primary health disaster response information from Coordinare

Coordinare has provided tips and resources to assist organisations in preparing for, responding to and recovering from a disaster, including mental health resources and support for health professionals.

Bushfire mental health support from NSW Health

NSW Health has provided helpful information to assist in accessing mental health and counselling services during the current bushfire emergency.

Planning for disaster management guide by Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network

Wentworth Healthcare, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network, has put together an emergency preparedness guide for primary health networks and others supporting the local GP response during emergencies.