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 the Department of 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.