Austraumaplan: Final November 2011

Appendix 1 – Agencies Roles and Responsibilities

Page last updated: 30 November 2011

1. Australian Government

The following tables summarise potential roles and responsibilities of committees, agencies and other bodies during each stage of AUSTRAUMAPLAN activation.

Australian Health Protection Committee
  • National coordination of the health responses emergency operational activity
  • Provides high-level strategic and clinical advice on health and medical capabilities and on coordination of national health response to MCINC
  • Advises on requirements and response capabilities in regard to hospital beds, workforce, critical care management and operating suite availability, the secondary transport logistic requirements (Defence and Australian Medical Retrieval Network (AMRN)), mental health (mental health representative), assets and logistic infrastructure available from state and territories (jurisdictional representatives), as well as the maintenance of supplies and central logistics (DoHA)
  • Provides advice to the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC) on Australia’s preparedness for health emergencies and approaches to addressing any deficits
Australian Defence Force
  • Provides ADF representation on the AHPC and AMTCG
Australian Medical Transport Coordination Group
  • Provides a national coordinated medical transport response for the MCI
Australian Government Disaster Recovery Committee
  • Provides advice on and coordination of implementation of tailored recovery assistance measures to assist Australian individuals, families and communities impacted by the MCINC.
  • Plans and preparation for management of the social and community impacts of future disasters or critical incidents.
  • Maintains linkages with relevant Australian Government, state and territory governments and non government organisations involved in domestic disaster recovery.
  • Provides advice to the Australian Government on lessons learnt in relation to operations, processes and assistance provided following onshore or offshore disasters
Attorney–General’s Department Emergency Management Australia
  • Coordinates Australian government department and agency support for response operations.
  • AGD EMA:
    • Monitors all hazards through Australian, state and territory intelligence, security, law enforcement, and emergency management agencies and provides information to all relevant stakeholders
    • Coordinates the consequence management arrangements of an emergency and provides Commonwealth Incident Coordination (CIC)
    • Maintains a suite of Australian Government Plans and Arrangements that provide for Commonwealth assistance to states, territories and other Australian Government departments and agencies
    • Coordinates media management activities, including media liaison, public warnings, media monitoring, public information and preparation of joint media strategy
    • Coordinates Australian Government response to protective or national security threats or incidents
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
  • Participates in the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Committee (AGDRC). Plays a role in community recovery arrangements
Department of Health and Ageing
  • Provides specialist health advice, national leadership and response coordination primarily through the AHPC, and to liaise with other Australian Government agencies and international agencies such as the World Health Organization
  • For mass casualty incidents of national consequence, DoHA through its National Incident Room is responsible for the activation of AUSTRAUMAPLAN and Response phase activities, via the AHPC and for the coordination of the disaster medical response in Australia
National Blood Authority
  • Monitors national supply issues and work with the ARCBS to ensure the security of supply of blood and blood products in accordance with the National Blood Supply Contingency Plan
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2. State and Territory Agencies

State and territory Health Emergency Operations Centre or equivalent
  • Coordinate integration of state and territory Government planning and operational activity with Australian Government planning and operational activity
  • Coordinate reception of casualties into or within jurisdiction
State and territory health departments
  • Maintain a list of Major trauma Services and their capabilities
  • Establish a mechanism to rapidly identify capacity for surge in the event of a MCI
  • Establish a mechanism to identify staff that can be deployed and equipment that can be provided to an affected Jurisdiction if required
  • Prepare hospital and other health facilities for mass casualty medical care
  • Advise on the clinical management of casualties
  • Coordinate medical treatment and contribute to national medical coordination through AHPC
  • If needed provide resources and assets to undertake overseas AME, conduct triage and provide immediate care in country as requested to assist by Australian Government
  • Advise on management of mental health issues
Ambulance Service
  • Provide initial triage, on site pre hospital treatment and transportation of the casualties
  • Coordinate transport for designated medical teams to the sites of incidents
  • On site coordination with medical teams; and
  • On site medical support for incident responders
State Recovery Agency (Human/Community Services Department or equivalent)
  • Provide recovery services
  • Coordinate or support community relief and recovery activities

3. Other Non Government Organisations and Support Agencies

Australian Red Cross Blood ServiceARCBSProvide blood and blood products as required to an affected jurisdiction in the event on of a MCI
Manage supply of blood and blood products to jurisdictions
Australian Red Cross and other NGOs. Provide recovery services
Provide registration services
Manage financial appeals
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