From within the Department for Health and Wellbeing, the Disaster Preparedness and Resilience Branch (DPRB) provides strategic leadership and direction for SA Health in preparing for, responding to and recovering from major incidents, emergencies and disasters that occur in South Australia as well as nationally or internationally.
Control Agency for human epidemic and food & drinking water contamination
Health and Medical Support Group (when not the control agency).
SA Health fulfils its responsibilities to the State arrangements through a comprehensive Prevention, Planning, Response and Recovery (PPRR) approach, including development of response and recovery plans and implementation of education, training and exercise programs.
In addition SA Health engages with the Commonwealth Government and jurisdictional partners to maintain and develop the national health emergency management arrangements and associated capabilities within SA Health. This includes:
Disaster Resilience Policy Directive and Emergency Management Framework
SA Health has legislated responsibility within the South Australian Emergency Management Act 2004 and the State Emergency Management Plan (SEMP) for provision, maintenance and coordination of health services.
Adherence to the comprehensive approach to emergency management
Development of staff through education, training and exercising
Development of comprehensive emergency management plans and procedures
Monitoring and continuous improvement through post incident review and formal debriefing
Ensuring executive support and commitment to emergency management.
Supporting the Emergency Management Framework are:
The SA Health Major Incident Plan (PDF 185KB) gives clear strategic direction to the whole of SA Health on responding to Major Incidents of any size or hazard. In addition the plan provides actions and strategies that may be adopted by Health Commanders relevant to the scale/level of the Major Incident.
The SA Health Multiple Burns Plan (PDF 164KB) ensures coordination of South Australia’s response to a multiple burns casualty incident, including responsibilities, authorities and the mechanisms to manage multiple burn casualty incidents in South Australia.
The SA Health Healthcare Facility Shelter and Relocation Strategy (PDF 277KB) outlines the key principles to guide senior clinical and operational decision makers faced with decision planning during disaster situations, both internal and external to a healthcare facility, including: sheltering in place; planned relocation of the healthcare facility; and emergency evacuation.
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