State Health Emergency Response Plan
The State Health Emergency Response Plan (SHERP) describes the arrangements for the management of health emergencies in Victoria. It is a subplan of the , which replaced the State Emergency Response Plan in September 2021.
The State Health Emergency Response Plan is used by those in the health sector working in emergency services, such as paramedics, doctors, nurses and those in public health, so that health services are effectively coordinated for the community during emergencies.
This is carried out using an integrated approach with a shared responsibility for health emergency management between the Department of Health, the emergency management sector, the health system and the community.
In the context of the plan, a health emergency relates to incidents that require significant and coordinated effort to ensure that the health system can respond effectively, while easing any adverse health consequences for communities.
Edition 4 of the plan is effective from 1 October 2017.
The State Health Emergency Response Plan Edition 4 is being reviewed in 2022 and a new plan will be available from July 2022.
Operational Response Plans, protocols and guides
The State Health Emergency Response Plan is supported by a suite of operational response plans, protocols and guides that provide additional detail so that those involved before, during or after an emergency have the information they need to meet their responsibilities.
Together, the State Health Emergency Response Plan and the operational response plans make up the State Health Emergency Response Arrangements.
Operational response plans and policies
Reviewed 10 January 2022