DHHS Health Nexus
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The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is responsible for the delivery of integrated health and human services that maintain and improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and the Tasmanian community as a whole.  Included in these services are those special arrangements developed to prevent or mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from an emergency.  These arrangements are designed to ensure that the DHHS is positioned to effectively meet the health and human service needs of the community during an emergency in an appropriate and sustainable manner and within the context of the Tasmanian emergency management framework.

In accordance with the Tasmanian Emergency Management Plan (Issue 8) the peak emergency management planning document in Tasmania, the DHHS is assigned a range of emergency management roles and responsibilities and is a key stakeholder in the Tasmanian emergency management sector.  The DHHS is represented at all levels of government (Australian, State and Municipal) in order to work in partnership to achieve safer, sustainable communities through robust emergency management planning that reduces community vulnerability and fosters community resilience.

Strategic level emergency preparedness and coordination is delivered through the Office of the Principal Medical Advisor (OPMA) while Ambulance Tasmania, Disability, Housing and Community Services, Children and Youth Services, and the Tasmanian Health Organisations are responsible for delivering the operational effects of emergency capability across the health and human services sector.

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