Department of Health and Human Services

Emergency management

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.

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Victorian action plan for pandemic influenza

The Victorian action plan for pandemic influenza sets out Victoria’s approach for reducing the social and economic impacts and consequences of a pandemic influenza on communities.

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Natural disasters and extreme weather

Bushfires, floods, heatwaves and other extreme weather conditions can affect health and require a coordinated response.

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Infectious diseases

Pandemic influenza  and large scale vector borne diseases, food related illness and water borne diseases can require an emergency response.

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Chemical, biological and radiological emergencies

Chemical, biological and radioactive emergencies involve a response from Health in conjunction with other agencies.

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Planning and preparedness

Planning and preparing for emergencies is an essential role for Health, in collaboration with other key stakeholders.

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