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Queensland Health’s role in a disaster

Queensland Health is at the forefront of the Queensland Government’s responsibilities for planning and managing public health emergencies, mass casualty incidents and disaster events.

We work under a range of legislation and policies to ensure effective risk management:

  • planning across prevention, preparedness, response and recovery
  • appropriate business continuity planning.

The Queensland State Disaster Management Plan identifies our disaster management responsibilities:

  • functional lead agency for the emergency support function of public health and medical services (Queensland Health and HHSs)
  • functional lead agency for the emergency support and state response function of emergency medical retrieval (the Department and Queensland Ambulance Service)
  • primary hazard-specific agency for biological (human related), heat wave, pandemic, and radiological hazards
  • joint lead agency for the state response function of mass casualty and mass fatality management (with the Queensland Police Service).

During a disaster or emergency incident, we may provide:

  • pre-hospital response through deployment of site health teams
  • aeromedical transport to support the Queensland Ambulance Service response
  • information, advice and services to the community and partner agencies.

Disaster and emergency incident plans

Last updated: 31 October 2019