Pandemic arrangement

As outlined in the South Australian Emergency Management Act 2004, SA Health is the Hazard Leader for human disease and control agency for human epidemics, food and waterborne diseases.

The Public Health Act 2011 also provides legislative and administrative powers in the event of a human disease outbreak.

Viral Respiratory Disease Pandemic Response Plan (including COVID-19, influenza, SARS & MERS)

The SA Health Viral Respiratory Disease Pandemic Response Plan (PDF 341KB) provides a strategic outline of the South Australian Government and SA Health’s response to a viral respiratory disease pandemic in Australia, and describes the high level decisions and broad approach the South Australian Government and health sector will take to respond to the pandemic.

The aim of the plan is to minimise the consequences of a viral respiratory disease pandemic on the South Australian health system, community and economy.

The plan provides the platform to manage a disease outbreak but allows for flexibility in its application according to the severity and transmissibility of the particular disease outbreak. Its intention is to inform health care workers, government agencies and the community and contains a series of Sub-Plans below, relating to specific topic areas and is consistent with the Australian Government’s Australian Health Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza, the SA Health Human Disease Hazard Plan and the Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Viral respiratory disease pandemic sub plans

These sub plans are currently under review.

Sub plans include:

  • Aboriginal Health
  • Antiviral Distribution
  • Border Control
  • Communication
  • Clinics
  • Infection Control
  • Management of Deceased During a Pandemic
  • Mental Health
  • Pathology
  • Primary Care
  • Surveillance
  • Transport
  • Vaccination
  • Workforce.

All Viral Respiratory Disease Pandemic Response Sub-Plans can be accessed below or by contacting the Disaster Preparedness and Resilience Branch, SA Health by:

Aboriginal Health Sub-Plan

This plan is currently under review.

The Aboriginal health sub plan acknowledging the particular needs of the Aboriginal population and the medical services which provide health care to them.

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Antiviral Distribution sub plan

This plan is currently under review.

Pending the availability of vaccines, antiviral drugs may be useful for treatment or prophylaxis (prevention of illness) purposes. The Antiviral Distribution sub plan (PDF 268KB) provides information on antiviral agents proposed for pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylaxis during a pandemic.

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Border control sub plan

This plan is currently under review.

Border control measures are required in response to a global pandemic, and these will be outlined in the Border Control sub plan (when available).

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Communication sub plan

This plan is currently under review.

During all stages of a pandemic communication internally and externally is vital. The

Strategic Communications sub plan (PDF 361KB) has been developed to provide strategic direction and a clear process to health related (and other government agency) media and communications personnel during a pandemic event.

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Clinics sub plan

This plan is currently under review.

The objective of a hospital or community is to minimise the number of patient presentations/demand for service at hospital Emergency Departments (EDs) and General Practitioner (GP) practices thus allowing the continuation of their core business. Clinic details are outlined in the Community Flu Clinic sub plan (PDF 216KB).

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Management of Deceased during a Pandemic Sub-Plan

The Management of Deceased during a Pandemic Sub-Plan (PDF 441KB) provides strategic outline for the management of deceased in healthcare and mortuary settings, as well mass fatalities during a pandemic.

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Infection control sub plan

This plan is currently under review.

The Infection Control sub plan (PDF 122KB) focuses on the management principles applicable to the care of patients with suspected or confirmed pandemic influenza as well as providing information on standard and transmission-based precautions.

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Mental health sub plan

This plan is currently under review.

Specific mental health preparedness activities relating to a response are set out within the Mental Health sub plan (PDF 136KB) to provide structure and to enable the response process.

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Primary care management sub plan

This plan is currently under review.

Primary care is the first point of call for the majority of inpiduals seeking health care external to the provision of care in a hospital or specialist setting. The Primary Care Management sub plan (PDF 219KB) incorporates multiple agencies and organisations, including GPs who will be an integral part of the pandemic response.

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Pathology sub plan

This plan is currently under review.

SA Pathology provides routine influenza diagnostic testing to SA Health and the objectives of laboratory testing during the course of a pandemic will change. Details of SA Pathology’s response to a viral respiratory disease pandemic can be found in the South Australian Laboratory sub plan (PDF 130KB).

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Surveillance sub plan

This plan is currently under review.

The Surveillance sub plan (PDF 119KB) outlines how the Communicable Disease Control Branch monitors the number of cases of a disease during an outbreak, especially contract tracing and limiting transmissions of a viral respiratory disease.

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Transport sub plan

This plan is currently under review.

The Patient Transport, SA Ambulance Service sub plan (PDF 448KB) outlines SA Ambulance Service (SAAS) transport arrangements for the management of suspected or confirmed pandemic patients throughout South Australia.

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Vaccination sub plan

This plan is currently under review.

Due to the unpredictable nature of a disease the Vaccination sub plan (PDF 213KB) is designed to be flexible to allow an appropriate response, and seamless delivery of appropriate vaccination in the event of an pandemic.

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Workforce sub plan

This plan is currently under review.

The Workforce Services sub plan (PDF 128KB) provides a standardised approach to the key workforce issues relating to health, safety and welfare of workers (including employees, agency staff and other contractors, students, volunteers and tenants) whilst maintaining essential business services during a pandemic.

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Further information

For further information on planning for pandemic influenza, contact the Disaster Preparedness and Resilience Branch:

Email: healthemergencymanagement@sa.gov.au
Telephone: (08) 7425 7065