Health disaster management

Key responsibilities

The Department of Health has responsibility for the leadership, management and coordination of these two response and recovery roles. 

RoleResponsibility
Medical Response Group
  • coordinate and control the mobilisation of all health responses to emergencies when emergency/counter disaster arrangements are activated. This includes: 
    • hospital
    • medical
    • nursing
    • retrieval
    • first aid
    • pharmaceutical supplies
    • mental health service.
  • laboratory services:
    • diagnostic
    • monitoring
    • therapeutic services.
Public Health Response and Recovery Group
  • environmental health including:
    • monitoring water quality
    • monitoring food safety
    • public health advice on refuse disposal, sewage, vermin and vector control
    • radiation hazards
    • medicines and poisons
    • hygiene and sanitation aspects of emergency shelter and housing
    • personal hygiene, disinfection and coordination and control of all public health information responses. 
  • Disease control including:
    •  communicable disease risk assessment
    •  infection control
    •  advice on storage of deceased
    •  development of immunisation policies
    •  monitoring disease trends.

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Last updated: 10 January 2017