The State Health Emergency Arrangements are an array of operational response plans, protocols and guides. They seek to deliver safe, effective and coordinated management of all health emergencies or emergencies with health impacts, across Victoria.
What is a health emergency?
A health emergency is an emerging, imminent or actual threat to the health and wellbeing of the Victorian community. It requires a significant and coordinated effort from the emergency and health system to manage.
This relates to the following scenarios:
- health emergencies for which the Victorian Department of Health is the control agency
- emergencies with health risks or consequences for which Department of Health is a support agency.
State health emergency arrangements
State Emergency Management Plan – Health Emergency Sub-Plan
The HESP outlines the arrangements and roles and responsibilities for managing health emergencies and emergencies with health impacts in Victoria. It provides guidance on mitigation, planning, response, relief and recovery.
Who should use this plan?
The HESP is used by Victorian Government departments, agencies, and other organisations within the state’s health and emergency management sectors who have a role in managing emergencies.
Community service organisations may also find the contents of this plan informative to help prepare for, respond to and recover from health emergencies.
This suite of documents (previously known as State Health Response Arrangements or SHERA) are due to be reviewed to ensure alignment with HESP.
Operational response plans and policies
Reviewed 15 December 2022