Austraumaplan: Final November 2011

Appendix 3 - Health Sector Response Coordination to a MCINC

Page last updated: 30 November 2011

Diagram of key coordination points in a health sector response

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*Decision points may occur at various levels depending upon the incident

When a mass casualty incident of national consequence (MCINC) occurs, Commonwealth and state and territory agencies are consulted in the coordination of a health sector response. These coordination and decision points occur whether the response occurs domestically or internationally.

The Australian Health Protection Committee (AHPC) National Incident Room (NIR) Page 17: 1.9 Domestic Response Plan for Mass Casualty Incidents of National Consequence (AUSTRAUMAPLAN). is the critical coordination point that underpins the coordination of a health sector response. The AHPC provides input into the Australian Government Crisis Committee (AGCC) Glossary: page 8 Australian Government Crisis Committee (AGCC) and the National Crisis Committee (NCC) Glossary: page 10 National Crisis Committee (NCC). This input then feeds into the National Security Council of Cabinet.

When a MCINC occurs, the Attorney-General’s Department (AGD) Crisis Coordination Centre (CCC) Glossary: page 9 Australian Government Crisis Coordination Centre (CCC) will be activated to coordinate the whole of government response and enable an up to date flow of information. The CCC has links to the AGCC and through them the National Security Council of Cabinet.

When an incident occurs internationally, an Inter-Departmental Emergency Taskforce (IDETF) will be convened by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to determine the whole of government international response. The CCC will be activated, and as with the domestic incident, will enable up to date information flow.

In coordinating a national health sector response to a MCINC, the NIR will liaise with a number of Commonwealth, state and territory agencies:The Attorney-General’s Department Emergency Management Australia (EMA) via the CCC Appendix 1: page 30 AGD EMA role .

    • The Australian Defence Force (ADF).
    • Ambulance service Appendix 1: page 31 Ambulance Service role .
    • State and territory health emergency operations centres Appendix 1: page 31 State and territory EOC.
and may request AGD activate the Australian Medical Transport Coordination Group (AMTCG) to provide a nationally coordinated medical response.

In coordinating the national health sector response to an international incident, the NIR will liaise with the same Commonwealth, state and territory agencies mentioned above, as well as the World Health Organization (WHO).