Health disaster management
The Northern Territory Government has adopted a comprehensive approach to emergency management that recognises the following elements:
- prevention - activities to seek to eliminate or reduce the impact of a hazard
- preparedness - establishing emergency organisations, developing plans and testing arrangements, as well as providing public education and information
- response - effective response involves activating preparedness arrangements and plans immediately after any hazard impact
- recovery - assisting communities affected by emergencies to help them recover emotionally, socially, economically and physically.
Recovery from a major emergency or disaster is coordinated through the Department of the Chief Minister.
Emergency management training
To ensure NT Health maintains its ability to respond in an emergency or a disaster, training is an important component of our emergency planning.
Emergency management training can be informal or formally obtained through:
- in-time or on-the-job
- self-learning packages such as CDs or DVDs
- group training, such as workshops, discussion, simulations, table top and multi-agency exercises
- accredited under and post-graduate learning provided by universities or other registered training providers
- Australian Emergency Management Institute (AEMI) courses.
Disaster response training
At the beginning of each 'disaster' season, which runs from October to April, department response groups in each region undertake a training workshop to ensure their readiness to respond.
The following emergency management and clinical practice courses are held by the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC):
- Major Incident Medical Management and Support (MIMMS) Team and Commander Course
- trauma response training - strategies to decrease psychological trauma of staff responding to an event
- Emergo-Train - a disaster simulation exercise and training system that uses a series of whiteboards and magnetic symbols to represent resources available, incorporating a patient bank with descriptions of injuries and potential clinical interventions.
Last updated: 13 December 2016
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