State Health Emergency Response Plan
The State Health Emergency Response Plan (SHERP) describes the arrangements for the management of health emergencies in Victoria.
This plan is used by people working in emergency services, such as paramedics, doctors, nurses and people working in public health, to help them effectively coordinate health services for the community during emergencies.
This is carried out using an integrated approach with a shared responsibility for health emergency management between the Department of Health and Human Services, the emergency management sector, the health system and the community.
In the context of the plan, a health emergency relates to incidents that require significant and coordinated effort to ensure that the health system can respond effectively, while easing any adverse health consequences for communities.
All health and emergency service workers are encouraged to familiarise themselves with this revised fourth edition of the plan. A quick reference guide summarising the key changes between the previous edition and the current version is available now.
Edition 4 of the plan is effective from 1 October 2017.
State Health Emergency Response Plan - Edition 4 (PDF, 3MB)
State Health Emergency Response Plan - Edition 4 (RTF, 550KB)
Summary of changes to the State Health Emergency Response Plan
Operational Response Plans, protocols and guides
The State Health Emergency Response Plan is supported by a suite of operational response plans and protocols that provide additional detail so that anyone involved before, during or after an emergency has the information they need to meet their responsibilities.
Together, the SHERP and the operational response plans make up the State Health Emergency Response Arrangements.