Table of contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • Overview
  • 1 Background
    • Thunderstorm asthma—example of a respiratory epidemic
      • How predictable is thunderstorm asthma?
    • Need for syndromic respiratory surveillance
    • Respiratory epidemics workshop
  • 2 Workshop introduction
  • 3 Workshop session 1: data sources
    • Data opportunities for respiratory surveillance, and ambulance, hospital and mortality data overview
    • Ambulance data
    • Sentinal volunteers—AirRater program
    • Textual analysis: techniques, new data, opportunities and challenges
    • General practice data—MedicineInsight
    • General practice data
    • Pharmacy data
    • PBS data
    • Laboratory requests and results
    • Discussion on data sources
  • 4 Workshop session 2: analytical issues
    • The NSW near real-time ED surveillance system took 5 months to establish in 2003. How long should it
    • take us 14 years later?
    • Accessing, exchanging, creating and evaluating research data and analytic methods for clinical language
    • processing
    • Data analytical approaches to predictive surveillance
    • Signalling algorithms
    • Discussion on analytical issues
  • 5 Workshop session 3: Communication
    • NSW Health perspective
    • Lessons learned from the Victorian Emergency Response Plan
    • National perspective–lessons from OzFoodNet
    • Commonwealth health protection architecture
    • Discussion on communication
  • 6 Workshop summary
    • Key issues and challenges for further consideration identified by workshop participants
      • Data sources
      • Analytic methods
      • Communication of surveillance information
    • Additional issues for consideration
  • Appendix A: Media releases, reports and internet resources following the epidemic thunderstorm asthma event, 21─22 November 201
  • Appendix B: Workshop program
  • Appendix C: Speaker biographies
  • Appendix D: List of workshop participants
  • Glossary
  • References