The Department of Health has provided fully subsidised access to the Emergency Response Planning Tool (ERPT) for Victorian general practices since 2019. The ERPT is managed by Healthpoint ANZ. It was developed in collaboration with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
The project recognises the important role that general practice plays in the community response to emergencies. Emergencies can often impact on business continuity and a practice's ability to provide essential healthcare services in times of increased community demand.
Since 2019, the department has been working with Primary Health Networks (PHNs) to encourage general practices to register for free access to the ERPT. The ERPT is a cloud-based tool that assists practices to prepare for, respond to and recover from the impacts of an emergency.
Nearly 800 Victorian general practices have registered for and started using the ERPT to build their emergency response capability. Using the tool to build an emergency response plan also meets practice accreditation requirements.
Reviewed 01 August 2022