121380 - ASPREN Sentinel Surveillance: Improving the Diagnosis of Influenza in General Practice
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ASPREN is the National GP influenza and infectious disease surveillance network. GPs will be asked to supply deidentified information about patients presenting with an influenza-like-illness, gastroenteritis, chicken pox and shingles and undertake swab testing of 25% of patients presenting with an influenza like illness. The majority of data can be sumbitted via automated weekly data extraction using the Canning Flu Tool.
ASPREN ILI surveillance and data reporting improves GPs knowledge of the incidence, distribution and identification of influenza and influenza-like illness in the community.
Influenza is an important global public health problem causing considerable impact on morbidity and mortality.
In order to lessen the impact of pandemics and enable planning measures to be rapidly implemented, much effort has been spent on early or rapid detection of influenza epidemics and characterisation of circulating virus strains. Effective disease surveillance systems help to protect Australia from the spread of evolving viruses. Monitoring of Influenza in the community through GP networks is crucial for the detection and management.
ASPREN is a key stakeholder in the Australian Health Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza Biosecurity Surveillance Program. Participation in the ASPREN surveillance program provides an opportunity for GPs to use their judgment to diagnose influenza. Providing surveillance information back to general practices also assists GPs in the diagnosis of influenza in the community as well as supporting overall patient management.