Fighting Meningococcal Disease
A comprehensive information DVD for parents, teachers and students (33 mins).
Don’t Catch the Killer
Educational DVD specifically targeted at secondary school students, university students and young adults (22 mins).
Fighting Meningococcal Disease
Duration 33 mins
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A clear and informative 30 minute video which tells you everything you need to know to recognise the early symptoms of meningococcal disease, and what to do. Essential viewing for anyone with children – especially those in the high risk groups of 0-5 and 15-25 years. Also invaluable for teachers, child carers, teenagers, young adults, sportspeople, student doctors and nurses and health professionals.
Contents include: Overview, Catching the disease, Who's at risk, Understandng the illness, Recognisnig the signs, The septicaemic rash, Summary of symptoms, Action to take, Treatment, Long term effects, Vaccinaton, Precautions to take.
This video was endorsed by Meningococcal Australia Inc – including the Stephen Sanig Foundation, the Amanda Young Foundation and the Paige Weatherspoon Foundation (see Support), as well as the Meningitis Foundation and the Australian Medical Association (AMA).
Don't Catch The Killer
Duration: 22 minutes
This youth oriented video, funded by the Amanda Young Foundation (WA), fills a vital need in the community for a clear, practical, accurate and relevant educational resource on meningococcal disease for secondary and tertiary students, and their parents and teachers.
Teenagers and young adults, aged between 15-25, are at a high risk of catching meningococcal disease, primarily because of their social lifestyle, and ignorance as to precautions to take and symptoms to watch out for. This video draws on the experience of 6 straight talking young adults who have battled the deadly disease, with varying outcomes.
"It is well produced, educationally sound and appropriate for students in Department of Education and Training schools. All government schools would benefit from the use of this resource."
- Paul Albert, Director General, Dept of Education and Training, WA
"They found it very informative and confronting - it kept two combined classes silent which is no mean feat! As a parent (15yo and 17yo) and teacher, I found it very good."
- Linda Herbert, Teacher Science-Biology, Years 11-12, SCECGS Redlands, Sydney
Managing Meningococcal Disease
Duration: 40 minutes
An essential resource for doctors, nurses, paramedics and students to help early diagnosis and efficient management of the disease. This was funded with help from the meningococcal foundations, along with financial assistance from the NSW Department of Health.
Kay Stammers interviewed 9 eminent medical specialists from across Australia, along with more than 20 meningococcal disease victims and/or their families. Detailed case studies are included.
The program is divided into 9 sections for easy access:
2. SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
3. RECOGNISING THE RASH
4. MAKING THE RIGHT DIAGNOSIS
5. MANAGEMENT PRIOR TO HOSPITAL
6. ON ARRIVAL AT EMERGENCY
7. DIAGNOSTIC TESTS
8. MANAGEMENT IN HOSPITAL
9. PUBLIC HEALTH
Medical spokespeople (in order of appearance):
Dr Robert Hall
Chair, Communicable Diseases Network Australia
Chair, The Meningococcal Disease Guidelines Working Party (2001), Director, Public Health and Chief Health Officer, Victorian Govt.
Dr Clay Golledge
Snr Consultant in Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Sir Charles Gairdner, Hospital & the WA Centre for Pathology & Medical Research (PathCentre)
Prof. Peter Collignon
Snr Consultant in Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, The Canberra Hospital, Professor, Canberra Clinical School ANU, The Meningococcal Disease Guidelines Working Party (2001)
Dr John Vinen
Director Emergency Support Services, Royal North Shore Hospital, NSW
Prof Robert Booy
Infectious Disease Specialist & Epidemiologist
Discipline of Paediatrics & Child Health and School of Public Health, Co-director, National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (NCIRS)
Julie Friendship, RN, FCN
Nurse Educator (Emergency Nursing), The College of Nursing, NSW, Director, College of Emergency Nursing Australasia Ltd, Editor in Chief, Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal
Dr Felicity Bidencope, GP
A proactive GP who has already saved one life due to her prompt actions.
Dr Shirley Bowen
Director, Communicable Diseases Control Directorate, Dept of Health WA
Dr Jeremy McAnulty
Director of Public Health, NSW
15 golden rules for health professionals:
1. Listen closely to the parents, friends or relatives
2. Check if illness had sudden onset of symptoms
3. Be wary of fever which responds poorly to antipyretics
4. Be alert to severe aches or pains in muscles or joints
5. Diagnosis should not depend on presence of meningeal symptoms
6. Check the capillary refill time and peripheral temperature
7. Undress fully to inspect for a rash – do the glass test
8. Don’t wait for a haemorrhagic rash (it may be too late)
9. Don’t be afraid to get a second/specialist opinion
10. Treat as soon as suspected – before transfer or tests
11. Early injection of intravenous antibiotics is vital.
12. Manage as a medical emergency
13. If sending home, educate carers re what to look for
14. Closely monitor/reassess any suspicious cases.
15. Notify your Public Health Department.
Chain of Protection
The Chain of Protection website and associated videos were produced by Professor Robert Booy from the National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (NCIRS) at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and The University of Sydney, in conjunction with Blirt Marketing and Jenny Granger (marketing consultant). The Chain of Protection series of videos and the website have been made possible by an educational grant from Medicines Australia. For more information on Professor Booy see About, or visit www.chainofprotection.org.