Working paper

A collaborative approach to national surveillance for respiratory epidemics, including thunderstorm epidemics

Diseases Thunderstorm asthma Asthma Australia

This document outlines the content of the workshop titled ‘Developing a national surveillance approach for respiratory epidemics’ (held in Canberra on 3 May 2017) and provides a summary of workshop proceedings.

Workshop participants included various expert stakeholders involved in health protection (such as departmental representatives, both state and national), statisticians, data custodians, environmental experts, health advocacy group representatives, clinicians, hospital administrators and researchers.

The expert advice provided by this large array of participants is outlined in full summaries of every presentation on the day. Also described are issues for further consideration that were discussed on the day.

The appendixes present the workshop program, speaker biographies and a list of workshop participants.

This document is intended as a resource for policymakers, hospital administrators, clinicians, researchers and peak organisations.

A great deal of work was carried out by the Victorian Government, the National Asthma Council Australia and other authorities after the epidemic thunderstorm asthma event on 21–22 November 2016, including the introduction of a forecasting system on 1 October 2017. Details of relevant media releases, reports and other internet resources are in Appendix A

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