The Winter Strategy is a program in which COORDINARE will support general practice teams to lead heightened quality and intensity of care, for a group of patients that clinicians think are at high risk of being unstable, very unwell, or admitted to hospital during the 2020 flu season.
The Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) and NSW Health has identified that those most at risk in the flu season belong to a number of vulnerable groups including:
Recent data from both the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) and Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) has indicated certain geographical areas within our PHN that have an increase in respiratory exacerbations due to flu like symptoms in emergency departments over the flu season.
These geographical areas include Goulburn Mulwaree, Eurobodalla, Upper Lachlan Shire and Shellharbour.
By targeting these identified regions, the purpose is to support a population health approach to at risk populations by helping practices choose a model of service delivery, aligned to their capacity and service needs.
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