Promotes and protects the public health of Victorians by monitoring notifiable diseases and responding to any disease outbreaks in order to control and minimise the risk of infection. This includes regulating the safety of food, drinking water and human environmental health hazards such as radiation, legionella and pesticides. Includes informing the community and health providers about public health risks and promoting behaviours and strategies to mitigate and avoid risk. It also includes the development of national policies, standards and strategies to promote improvements in public health generally and supports the health system to respond to national public health risks.

Table 29: Agency roles mapped to the VPF, by critical tasks within the Health Protection core capability

 

Critical Task 13.1: Maintain an ongoing state of preparedness to respond to a public health emergency.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

DHHS

 

Implementing legislation, programs and monitoring procedures to minimise public health risk from communicable and non-communicable diseases, contaminated retail food, food contaminated with the potential to cause harm to human health, contaminated drinking water supplies and radiation

 

13.2, 13.3, 13.4, 13.5

     

Control agency for human disease/epidemics (including mass, rapid onset of human disease from any cause), food/drinking water contamination and incidents involving radiological substances and biological releases

 

3.1, 13.2, 13.3, 13.4, 13.5

     

DHHS is state lead agency for the recovery activity of maintaining community access to primary and acute health services through DHHS funded health care services and other primary and acute health services

 

13.3, 14.6, 14.8

         
 

Critical Task 13.2: Identify and characterise risks and commence enhanced arrangements.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

DHHS

 

Implementing legislation, programs and monitoring procedures to minimise public health risk from communicable and non-communicable diseases, contaminated retail food, food contaminated with the potential to cause harm to human health, contaminated drinking water supplies and radiation

 

13.1, 13.3, 13.4, 13.5

     

Control agency for human disease/epidemics (including mass, rapid onset of human disease from any cause), food/drinking water contamination and incidents involving radiological substances and biological releases

 

3.1, 13.1, 13.3, 13.4, 13.5

     

Reduce preventable death, illness and disability in all health emergencies and other emergencies with potential health impacts

 

13.3, 13.4, 13.5

         

DJPR

 

DJPR is lead agency for the following relief activities as per the Victorian Emergency Animal Welfare Plan, animal welfare support services during relief include, but are not limited to; management of displaced animals (including relocated animals); animal welfare assessment, veterinary treatment, humane destruction, salvage slaughter and disposal; and provision of emergency pet food, livestock fodder and water

 

4.5, 10.2, 11.1, 12.2, 15.7

         

EPA

 

EPA provides a technical support agency role by providing advice to the control agency on risks to the environment and public health, and the practical measures to reduce environmental and public health impacts of pollution and waste from the emergency and response activities

 

4.5, 4.6, 13.4

     

EPA provides a technical support agency role by providing emergency approvals, such as Section 30A approvals under the Environment Protection Act

 

4.6, 13.3

         
 

Critical Task 13.3: Prepare and support public and private health entities to manage and control public health risks.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

DHHS

 

Promoting awareness of safe practices and emergency procedures and implementing safety and warning systems for clients and funded services of DHHS

 

2.1, 13.5

     

Implementing legislation, programs and monitoring procedures to minimise public health risk from communicable and non-communicable diseases, contaminated retail food, food contaminated with the potential to cause harm to human health, contaminated drinking water supplies and radiation

 

13.1, 13.2, 13.4, 13.5

     

Control agency for human disease/epidemics (including mass, rapid onset of human disease from any cause), food/drinking water contamination and incidents involving radiological substances and biological releases

 

3.1, 13.1, 13.2, 13.4, 13.5

     

DHHS is state lead agency for the recovery activity of providing public health (health protection) advice to councils, other agencies and the community on a range of topics including safe drinking water, safe food, safe onsite waste management, adequate washing/toilet facilities and communicable disease outbreaks

 

4.5, 13.4, 13.5

     

DHHS is state lead agency for the recovery activity of maintaining community access to primary and acute health services through DHHS funded health care services and other primary and acute health services

 

13.1, 14.6, 14.8

     

Reduce preventable death, illness and disability in all health emergencies and other emergencies with potential health impacts

 

13.2, 13.4, 13.5

         

EPA

 

EPA provides a technical support agency role by providing emergency approvals, such as Section 30A approvals under the Environment Protection Act

 

4.6, 13.2

         
 

Critical Task 13.4: Effectively communicate public health and clinical health management guidance to the health sector.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

DHHS

 

Implementing legislation, programs and monitoring procedures to minimise public health risk from communicable and non-communicable diseases, contaminated retail food, food contaminated with the potential to cause harm to human health, contaminated drinking water supplies and radiation

 

13.1, 13.2, 13.3, 13.5

     

Control agency for human disease/epidemics (including mass, rapid onset of human disease from any cause), food/drinking water contamination and incidents involving radiological substances and biological releases

 

3.1, 13.1, 13.2, 13.3, 13.5

     

DHHS is state lead agency for the recovery activity of providing public health (health protection) advice to councils, other agencies and the community on a range of topics including safe drinking water, safe food, safe onsite waste management, adequate washing/toilet facilities and communicable disease outbreaks

 

4.5, 13.3, 13.5

     

Reduce preventable death, illness and disability in all health emergencies and other emergencies with potential health impacts

 

13.2, 13.3, 13.5

         

ESTA

 

Provide clinical triage and pre-ambulance life support advice via the telephone and access to specialist referral services as required for medical emergencies

 

14.2, 14.4, 14.8

         

EPA

 

EPA provides a technical support agency role by providing advice to the control agency on risks to the environment and public health, and the practical measures to reduce environmental and public health impacts of pollution and waste from the emergency and response activities

 

4.5, 4.6, 13.2

 

Critical Task 13.5: Effectively communicate the health risks, through public health promotion and prevention campaigns.

Agency   Activity   Additional alignment to critical tasks

DHHS

 

Promoting awareness of safe practices and emergency procedures and implementing safety and warning systems for clients and funded services of DHHS

 

2.1, 13.3

     

Control agency for human disease/epidemics (including mass, rapid onset of human disease from any cause), food/drinking water contamination and incidents involving radiological substances and biological releases

 

3.1, 13.1, 13.2, 13.3, 13.4

     

DHHS is state lead agency for the recovery activity of providing public health (health protection) advice to councils, other agencies and the community on a range of topics including safe drinking water, safe food, safe onsite waste management, adequate washing/toilet facilities and communicable disease outbreaks

 

4.5, 13.3, 13.4

     

Implementing legislation, programs and monitoring procedures to minimise public health risk from communicable and non-communicable diseases, contaminated retail food, food contaminated with the potential to cause harm to human health, contaminated drinking water supplies and radiation

 

13.1, 13.2, 13.3, 13.4

     

Reduce preventable death, illness and disability in all health emergencies and other emergencies with potential health impacts

 

13.2, 13.3, 13.4