The Department of Health works to minimise the impact of all emergencies on individuals, communities, and the health system, including by:
- undertaking activities during mitigation, response (including relief) and recovery phases of emergency management
- planning and preparing for the health response in emergencies, including consequence planning, community preparedness, and capability planning for the health system.
- providing whole-of-health leadership and direction to plan and prepare for emergencies with major health consequences, including mass casualties
- providing a State and Regional Health Coordination response during an emergency with major health consequences
- providing public information and warnings to protect the community during health emergencies.
The department is the Control agency for public health emergencies including:
- incidents involving biological releases and radioactive materials
- human disease/epidemics (including mass, rapid onset of human disease from any cause), and food (including retail food)/drinking water contamination
Before an emergency
Planning and preparing for emergencies in collaboration with other key stakeholders is an essential role for the department.
During an emergency
During major emergencies the Department of Health is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the health system’s response.
Reviewed 17 January 2022