During major emergencies the Department of Health is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the health system’s response. 

The department works in partnership with emergency services, Victorian government agencies and non-government organisations to ensure there is a whole-of-government response.

State Health Emergency Response Plan

The State Health Emergency Response Plan, edition 4 (SHERP4) sets out the arrangements and describes the integrated approach and shared responsibilities for health emergency management between the department, Ambulance Victoria and the emergency management sector.

Further information about SHERP4 is available at State Health Emergency Response Arrangements.