Facebook   Twitter   LinkedIn
News

Ebola Update

The outbreak of Ebolavirus Disease (EVD) was confirmed in March 2014 in Guinea, West Africa. The Index case was a 2 yr old Guinea girl who contracted the disease in December 2013.It has become the most severe outbreak of the disease since its discovery in 1976 with a mortality rate approaching 70%. The first recorded nosocomial outbreak in Zaire had a higher mortality rate as it began with reuse of syringes that were washed after giving malarial treatments. As of 19th October 2014, there have been 4877 deaths reported, with the disease infecting almost 10000 people. This rate will climb in West Africa.

The Disease

The viral reservoir is deemed to be from fruit bats and the index case of the first human infection was identified close to the Ebola River (presently in Democratic Republic of Congo). A highly infectious disease, Ebola [a filo virus akin to Marburg-causing hemorrhagic fever and septic shock] is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids from a symptomatic/ infected person. Healthcare workers should be aware that filo viruses have been known to be aerosoled so if you receive a tap on the shoulder to help out, here or overseas, please bear this in mind. The disease is characterised by a sudden onset of fever, muscle pain, fatigue, headaches and a sore throat. It then progresses into excessive vomiting, diarrhoea, rashes with the onset of internal and external bleeding, visible on the gums, eyes, nose and stools. Patients succumb to the illness through dehydration and multiple organ failure.

Risk and Public Health Concern

Though the current epidemic of Ebola has had an alarmingly high mortality rate, spread and fatalities have been confined mostly to the Western African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Tragically many healthcare workers have also been affected by the disease in the course of their work, highlighting that preparedness and training for infection control measures are still the biggest set-back in the fight against this illness. At ground zero of this disease, poor health systems have contributed to the staggering numbers of infected people, but the few cases of the disease spreading in Western countries have also shown the gaps in the preparedness of first-world countries in dealing with Ebola.

What does this mean for us in Australia?

The Australian Department of Health (DOH) has deemed the risk of an Ebola outbreak extremely low. There are different cultures in place as well in Australia that will limit the family spread of the disease. Nonetheless, vigilance and having a preparedness strategy to deal with Ebola in Australia is extremely crucial in ensuring that we contain the spread of this devastating illness.

Where can we get current information on Ebola in Australia from?

The DOH website has extensive information for all Australians including travellers, clinicians and General Practitioners. For more information please visit http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/ohp-ebola.htm

“They have been fantastic - they are supportive and understanding, very aware of my specific needs and which placements I am interested in - and they work hard to find these shifts for me! They are flexible, approachable and always easy to contact. The personal service is fantastic.

AMP has helped me take a whole year off from GP training after the birth of each of my children by helping find suitable shifts so that I could keep my clinical skills up to date.”

– Dr. A. R.

“Excellent service provided. The website for requesting locums is easy to use but there is also the option of contacting AMP by phone. Usually suitable locums are found for shifts requested.”

– Manager from SA Metro Hospital

“Last month I went on 3 weeks annual leave from my full time job. I spoke with the AMP team at the time and mentioned that I would be available to do the odd shift if any popped up, and, in passing happened to mention the time off was for the arrival of my first child.

A few weeks later whilst perusing the AMP site, I came across a shift that suited and called the team to confirm.

I had never spoken with the particular contact AMP person for the job and yet at the end of our conversation she hoped that everything was going well with my new born child!

Maybe it was my post-partum hormonal surge but I was genuinely surprised and honoured that someone at AMP remembered, let alone, had shared it with their work mates. I felt as if the AMP crew actually cared about what I was up to outside of our professional, fiduciary relationship.

So, thanks AMP for making me feel human!”

– Dr. D. L.

“Extremely accommodative to suit my preference and requirements in terms of job availability and position. Professional, personalised and friendly Medical Recruitment Manager. Seminars organised by AMP have always been informative, useful and relevant.”

– Dr. V. G.

“I have been associated with Australian Medical Placements for over five years. While I am clearly impressed by their role of finding appropriate Jobs for the right doctor, I was pleased to note that they have taken a new role of training the Doctors with the Knowledge and skills needed for their successful placement.

Having attended one of the training sessions, I was impressed by the quality of training and resources provided at the venue. I am encouraged by the fact that Australian Medical Placements is keen on helping Doctors continue their Professional Education and improve their skills while continuing to work in their field of chosen specialty.

I wish Australian Medical placement every success in this endeavour.”

– Dr L.C.

“We have been extremely pleased with the service provided by AMP.

We find the staff are always friendly, even when you are requesting an emergency locum with very short notice. We receive paperwork promptly and correctly and do not need to spend time chasing up extra documentation when confirming a locum.

The locums fit into our work team very well. They ask all the right questions and ensure that their orientation covers everything that they may need to know to work with us. No one is concerned about how the day will flow when we have a locum – as everyone knows that doctor will be a friendly team player who is willing to follow our guidelines, policies and procedures, but also confident enough to speak up if something is not as it should be.”

– GM of Rural Hospital

“Have gone above and beyond for me and it is greatly appreciated.”

– Dr. R.S.

“I am an ex country GP who is used to being his own boss who wants to work when it suits and be paid for my time at a rate that is commensurate with the urgency, responsibility required and remoteness of the locum work that I am required to do. I have been fortunate to have been with AMP for some years. I choose where I want to work out of a large range of possibilities. I say where I want to go and then the fantastic staff take over and I have little else to do (once I have been “enrolled” in that particular state). You feel like you are part of a family and that they care if you have any concerns (which they sort out as quickly as possible).

I consider that I do a good job and I expect to get paid and looked after accordingly. I do.

Why would I go anywhere else?”

– Dr. R. F.

“Many job placements over many years - thanks.”

– Dr. J. B.

“Relationship with AMP staff very sound and efficient. Very efficient in responding to our request and always pleasant to deal with”

– Manager from SA Metro Hospital

“Excellent service, particularly afterhours service.”

– Dr. B. C.

“I really appreciate being able to ring up my AMP assistant to ask for appropriate and personalised work requests and clarify minor details. The AMP consultants are available to help and easily accessible.”

– Dr. S. S.

“Prompt, professional, friendly”

– Dr. G. C.

“Very friendly and helpful entire staff in particular Amanda, Kylie and Deanna. Excellent out of hours communication by Kylie and very quick response. Felt very comfortable working with them entire year.”

– Dr. U. M.

“I have been working with AMP since 2007/8 and I absolutely enjoy the working relationship with AMP.”

– Dr. G. D.

“AMP is acutely aware of what I want and they always deliver. I am made to feel as if I am special (but I know other employees to whom I have spoken feel the same). I almost exclusively deal with Briony whose devotion to her work is inspiring.

I like working at remote sites all over Australia and they have the wide net that allows me to do just that. I have been with them for many years and would not consider switching.”

– Dr. R. F.

“Very pleasant to work with AMP.”

– Dr. S. G.

“All the people that I've contacted with questions or asked for help from have been very polite and helpful, and prompt with responses.”

– Dr. J. N.

“Staff are very pleasant and professional”

– Dr. N. R.

“Great for personalised service. If I ring or email AMP, I get an answer same day most of the time. A same day reply is really important to me, even if the answers are to follow. They pay on time and chase up hospitals for timesheets etc. when asked.”

– Dr. S. S.

“Plenty of work!”

– Dr. K. D.

“Cheryl is brilliant, she has organised placements in my areas of special interest on a regular basis. She is fantastic to deal with!”

– Dr. L. C.

“Excellent, fast response to concerns and inquiries. Generally good provision of service across the board. Thanks!”

– Dr. B. C.

“Online information. Timely payments. Kylie is very helpful and friendly to deal with.”

– Dr. S. K.

“Enjoyable shifts.”

– Dr. J. L.

“Provide a personal service, display professionalism with prompt replies to any queries”

– Dr. L. F.

 
ISO9001 Quality Certified