.. Information to complement the GP consultation.

General Information

Travel Information

Division Information

Video index

Friendly Print preview

Swine flu, Bird Flu (or any flu pandemic) - brief information for GP's, Victoria, Australia

Latest news www.health.gov.au .. Advice for GP's

RACGP Flu kit .. www.racgp.org.au/pandemicresources - copy of kit

Updates from America .. www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/qa.htm & www.pandemicflu.gov/

GP resource kit pdf - preparing for pandemic .. weblink (2/2007)

Antiviral medication for influenza (including swine flu & bird flu)



Reception & waiting room

Treatment room

Home management

Surgery management plan (brief)


  1. Assess returned travellers who meet risk criteria in a separate room or at their own home;
  2. Provide the patient with a mask and wear full protective equipment (see poster); P2(N95) mask
  3. Take a travel/work history from all patients with fever or influenza-like symptoms;
  4. Report any suspected cases immediately by telephone to the Department of Human Services. Phone 1300 651160. AH 1300 790 733

After discussion with the Department of Human Services, if swine influenza is suspected, please obtain laboratory confirmation as follows:

  1. Take a throat swab PLUS nasal swab - Lab alert 15th may 2009 poster;
  2. Place all swabs in a single vial of viral transport medium;
  3. Send to: Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL),
    10 Wreckyn St North Melbourne 3051
     This can be done via your usual laboratory. Mark the request:

Last edited: May 3, 2013

North East Valley Division General Practice, Victoria, Australia, Disclaimer 
Level 1, Pathology Building, Repatriation Campus, A&RMC, Heidelberg West VIC 3081. .. map
Phone: 03 9496 4333, Fax: 03 9496 4349,  Email: nevdgp@nevdgp.org.au
Please note: NEVDGP does not provide an on-line consultation

Back to Health index