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Title: Planning for the Next Pandemic: Reflections on the Early Phase of the Australian COVID-19 Public Health Response from the Emergency Department.
Austin Authors: Govindasamy, Laksmi S ;Hsiao, Kai Hsun;Foong, Lai Heng;Judkins, Simon 
Affiliation: Emergency
Bankstown Lidcombe Hospital, NSW
Emergency Department Director, Echuca Health
Issue Date: Aug-2021
Date: 2021-05-11
Publication information: Emergency Medicine Australasia : EMA 2021; 33(4): 759-761
Abstract: Emergency Departments (EDs) play a crucial role as frontline health services throughout public health emergencies, including pandemics. The strength of the Australian public health response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has mitigated the impact of the pandemic on clinical services, but there has still been a substantial impact on EDs and the health system. We revisit major events and lessons from the first wave of COVID-19 in Australia to consider the implications and avenues for systems-level improvements for future pandemic and public health emergency response for EDs. Notwithstanding the remarkable efforts of health care workers across the health system, COVID-19 has uncovered structural and planning challenges, and highlighted weaknesses and strengths of the Australian federation. In anticipating future pandemics and other public health threats, particularly in the face of climate change, hard won lessons from the COVID-19 response should be incorporated in future planning, policies, practice, and advocacy.
URI: https://ahro.austin.org.au/austinjspui/handle/1/26342
DOI: 10.1111/1742-6723.13799
ORCID: 0000-0002-9233-4897
0000-0002-4880-7538
Journal: Emergency Medicine Australasia : EMA
PubMed URL: 33928756
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: COVID-19
Coronavirus
disaster planning
pandemic
public health emergencies
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