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Emergency management activities undertaken by the Department of Health and Human Services are overseen by a number of committees. The principal committee at the whole-of-agency level is the State Health and Human Services Emergency Committee.

State Health and Human Services Emergency Committee (SHHSEC)

The principal role of the SHHSEC is to consider and give direction to health and human services related emergency management capability development.  Another core function is to monitor and support development, review and implementation of emergency management arrangements across the Tasmanian health and human services system. The SHHSEC is supported by the following three (3) sub-committees:

Mass Casualty Management Sub-Committee (MCMSC)

The purpose of the MCMSC is to consider Tasmanian mass casualty management arrangements in the context of Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery (PPRR) and provide specialist advice to the SHHSEC on regional and whole-of-agency capability development as appropriate.  Principal functions include, but are not limited to:

  • maintaining and reviewing the Tasmanian Mass Casualty Management Plan (as a State Special Plan);
  • supporting the development, implementation and maintenance of enabling sub plans and associated mass casualty PPRR arrangements;
  • supporting the development and sustainment of Medical Assistance Team capabilities at a regional and statewide level; and
  • supporting the development and coordination of mass casualty management based exercises and training at a regional and statewide level.

Public Health Emergencies Sub-Committee (PHESC)

The purpose of the PHESC is to consider Tasmanian public health emergency management arrangements in the context of PPRR and provide specialist advice to the SHHSEC on whole-of-agency capability development as appropriate.  Principal functions include, but are not limited to:

  • maintaining and reviewing the Tasmanian Public Health Emergencies Management Plan (as a State Special Plan);
  • supporting the development and maintenance of enabling associate plans and related public health emergency PPRR arrangements, through information, advice and coordination;
  • supporting the development and coordination of public health emergency management based exercises and training; and
  • being prepared to support the DHHS Incident Controller in the event of a public health emergency.

Social Recovery Sub-Committee (SRSC)

The Social Recovery Sub-Committee (SRSC) is established as a sub-committee of the State Health and Human Services Emergency Committee (SHHSEC) to consider DHHS and THOs social recovery arrangements in accordance with relevant policies, plans and procedures and provide specialist advice to the SHHSEC. Principal functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Guide the development and implementation of DHHS and THS social recovery arrangements and operational capability.
  • Provide advice on social recovery arrangements and contribute, as appropriate, on all elements of recovery and emergency management, including providing the Tasmanian representative to the Community and Disability Services Ministerial Advisory Committee – Disaster Recovery Sub-Committee;
  • Provide system-wide support to the regional coordination of social recovery service delivery, as required;
  • Support and participate in the development of functional networks as appropriate, including relevant non-government organisations, ensuring stakeholder relations are strengthened at a regional, state and national level; and
  • Support the coordination of exercises that practice, test and/or validate social recovery capabilities at a regional and statewide level.
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