The Department of Health, in an emergency management context, is responsible for ‘working to enhance and protect the health and wellbeing of all Victorians’. The Department of Health has a number of responsibilities in planning for, responding to and recovering from emergencies.
Bushfires, floods, heatwaves and other extreme weather conditions can affect health and require a coordinated response.
Pandemic influenza and large scale vector borne diseases, food related illness and water borne diseases can require an emergency response.
Chemical, biological and radioactive emergencies involve a response from Health in conjunction with other agencies.