Floods, fires, pandemics and thunderstorm asthma events are only some of the emergencies of recent times. Local or global, many health emergencies have a significant and long-lasting impact on our health system and services.
North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) has a key role in preparing for, delivering and supporting a health response for people in our region. Working in collaboration with both federal and state government, PHNs can coordinate an effective local primary health care response, which reduces pressure on acute health services, and delivers care when and where it is needed.
The new NWMPHN Emergency Management Framework has been developed to guide NWMPHN in our emergency management role, and support us to plan, respond and recover from emergencies that have a health impact on the communities in our region. The Framework also includes an action plan for implementation.