Strengthening Victoria's emergency response in general practice
The Department of Health and Human Services is funding a pilot program to provide fully subsidised access to the Emergency Response Planning Tool (ERPT) for rural and regional Victorian general practices in 2019. The ERPT is managed by Healthpoint ANZ and was developed in collaboration with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
The pilot project recognises that general practices play an important role in the community response to emergencies and that emergencies themselves can often impact on business continuity and a practices' ability to provide essential healthcare services in times of increased community demand.
The department is working with Primary Health Networks (PHNs) and the RACGP to encourage general practices to register for access to the ERPT, which is a cloud-based tool that assists practices to prepare for, respond to and recover from, the impacts of an emergency.
The pilot program invites general practices located in the following Primary Health Network catchments to register their interest for ERPT:
- Murray Primary Health Network (all areas)
- Western Victoria Primary Health Network (all areas)
- Gippsland Primary Health Network (all areas)
- Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (Shire of Yarra Ranges, Shire of Murindindi, Shire of Mitchell, Shire of Nillumbik and City of Whittlesea).
Access to the ERPT tool will be available from 1 January 2019, however practices can register their interest prior to that time at the ERPT website.
For further information about the ERPT or this offer, please contact your Primary Health Network.