10 ways for GP clinics to plan for disaster


The key lesson is to keep things simple.

You never know when they are going to hit or how, but crises and disasters can blindside a practice with little warning.

Some, such as a cyberattack, fraud, fire or violent patient, are practice specific. Others, such as a flood, earthquake or pandemic, can affect the entire community. Either way, they can incapacitate a practice.

But GP practices vary considerably in their levels of preparedness, says Dr Penny Burns, a member of the RACGP’s disaster management network.

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