Ebola Advice for Clinicians by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is finally becoming noticed by western nations months after it should have been. Our health department are putting out plans and guidelines in case infected patients reach Australia.

If you are interested in information that is a bit more technical than the newspapers I urge you to have a look at the article Caring for Patients With Ebola: A Challenge in Any Care Facility published by the Annals of Internal Medicine which reviews the best way to care and also protect healthworkers from filoviruses such as Ebola. The article discuss what needs to be included in preparation drills as well as discussing the type of biocontainment facility that is required.

Below is a recent Ebola advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee released for clinicians working in secondary or tertiary care. The content again is technical but is worth a read to see the information being provided to our healthcare workers.

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Pharmacists wanted by Save The Children to assist with Ebola Response

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Save the Children are looking for pharmacists amongst other health professionals to set up an treatment centre in Sierra Leone for both case management and support to those who are affected.

The clinical staff they are looking for to provide expertise and support include:

Medical Team Leader
Doctors with infectious disease experience
Nurses with infectious disease experience
Health Information Manager
Outreach Manager
Pharmacist

Training (which you will be paid for) will be provided before being deployed. These will be for a minimum of four weeks and upto six months at a time. There is a salary, medical insurance and accommodationprovided.

The people they are looking for to work in this emergency outbreak (this outbreak of Ebola has killed more people than all other outbreaks combined) are preferably those who have worked in a humanitarian situation or in international development.

Prior to deployment to the field, a period of paid training will be provided which includes relevant organisation inductions and security training, external training on Ebola risk management (hygiene protocols; use of PPE etc).

Please note: due to the nature of this recruitment, applications will be reviewed as they are received and suitable candidates contacted on an on-going basis, as we build a roster to support the treatment centre over the coming months.

Deployments will be for a minimum of 4 weeks (but may be up to 6 months) and successful candidates will be offered a competitive salary package including medical insurance, accommodation and other benefits

We are interested in hearing from you if you have experience of working in a humanitarian situation or have worked in an international development environment (please outline this in your cover letter).

Applications close October 6th (at midnight UK time) though it wouldn’t surprise me if the job was kept open to allow it to roster pharmacists over a lengthy period of time.

Please go to the job advertisment for more information and to find the job descriptions for any of the positions mentioned above. The pharmacist job description can also be viewed and downloaded below.

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