After one of the worst flu seasons in years, Queensland Health has announced they will be bringing together key health experts for a summit to explore how the State can better respond next year.
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said this year’s flu season was one for the record books.
“Queensland has been faced with one of the worst flu seasons in recent history,” he said.
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“We’ve seen more than 50,000 cases of the flu across the state this year, which is nearly double the number in previous years.
Mr Dick said hospitals saw a higher rate of admissions than usual, with 5451 public hospital admissions across the state for influenza, 638 of whom required intensive care.
“The impact of this year’s particularly challenging flu season on our health system cannot be ignored, so accordingly I have asked Queensland Health to convene a flu summit in Brisbane next week.”
Mr Dick said the aim of the summit was to discuss the spike in flu cases this year and how Queensland could prepare for next year.
“The summit will bring together the knowledge and expertise from within our State’s health system as well as leading national and international perspectives in the field such as Monash University and the World Health Organisation,” he said.
“The summit will discuss lessons from this year’s season and case studies that use different strategies for reducing the burden of influenza on the community.”
The flu summit will be held in Brisbane next Wednesday, 18 October.