Health emergency and business continuity plans are intended to:
Your practice is a significant resource to your community and the regional health response.
The practice and the wider community are best protected when an emergency response is predictable, appropriate and resilient.
A well-prepared emergency and business continuity plan will allow you to have a range of responses in place to be activated when needed.
We recognise in the heat of an emergency having plans ready to use allows key staff more time to concentrate on their core business and take a planned approach to dealing with the event.
No one can plan fully for a crisis or for every eventuality. However, through good planning, you can develop the capability to expand and reprioritise services to cope with an emergency, whether a health emergency requires a national or regional approach, or a more local emergency affecting a smaller number of people.
This workbook is modelled on the Pandemic Influenza Workbook produced in 2008 by the Australian Government. It incorporates material generously shared by the Nelson-Marlborough and Southland DHBs and aligns with the MoH National Health Emergency Plan 2008. It also meets the requirements for Cornerstone Accreditation. It was developed in conjunction with Rural Canterbury PHO who generously allowed John Coleman to use the PHO as a pilot.
We would like to acknowledge the alliance of South Island DHBs and Barry Simpson, South Island Primary Health Emergency Planning Coordinator, who has generously allowed us to use their document as a backbone for the Pinnacle Emergency and Business Continuity Planning workbook.
Speak to your practice development facilitator.