Pandemic Planning

What is pandemic preparedness planning?

WHO has defined pandemic as  “an epidemic occurring worldwide, or over a very wide area, crossing international boundaries and usually affecting a large number of people”.

Pandemic preparedness planning can be referred to as the documented strategy that an organisation will follow to provide and maintain its critical services when an outbreak of infectious disease or pandemic occurs. The scope of the pandemic planning should include guidelines, communication plans, workforce flexibility, escalation, governance, business continuity and workforce safety. This is an ongoing process that considers strategic and operational planning, reviews and exercises, implementation, and evaluation.

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Why is pandemic preparedness planning important?

The likelihood to predict an outbreak is very low, but once an outbreak exists the probability of controlling the impact is greater when a preparedness plan is established, and the responses are introduced opportunely.

How can a business respond and have a pandemic preparedness plan? 

A pandemic preparedness plan is beneficial for the decision-making process within any organisation when decisions need to be made in real-time, under complex situations with high levels of uncertainty with the use of situational analysis that can include potential scenarios and forecasts combined with social and political context inputs.

What services can Resilient offer businesses for pandemic preparedness planning?

  • Identify critical services and functions
  • Establish and assess service level agreements
  • Identify legal and regulatory requirements
  • Determine the required skills and special requirements to perform the critical services and functions
  • Prepare an action plan
  • Create, test, and monitor a business continuity plan
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Publications

Some of the publications that the Australian and New Zealand governments have enforced about pandemic preparedness planning include:

  • Australian COVID-19 response management arrangements.
  • Australian Department of Health National Communicable Diseases Plan.
  • Australian Government, Emergency Response Plan for Communicable Disease Incidents of National Significance: National Arrangements.
  • Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus COVID-19
  • Australian pandemic response planning: a quick guide.
  • National emergency and disaster response arrangements in Australia.
  • NSW Health Influenza Pandemic Plan.
  • New Zealand Pandemic Action Plan.
  • Queensland Health Disaster and Emergency Incident Plan.
  • Queensland Health responds to disaster and emergency incidents.
  • Victorian State Health Emergency Response Plan.
  • Western Australian Government Pandemic Plan.

This list is not exhaustive, and there may be additional legislation regarding the pandemic preparedness plan that may be applicable to your organisation’s circumstances.

Industries that are offered pandemic preparedness planning

Resilient Services provides a range of pandemic preparedness planning to a variety of industries. These industries include, but are not limited to:

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Acts

Some of the publications that the Australian and New Zealand governments have enforced about pandemic preparedness planning include:

This list is not exhaustive, and there may be additional legislation regarding the pandemic preparedness plan that may be applicable to your organisation’s circumstances.

  • Biosecurity Act 1993
  • Building Act 2004
  • Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Act 2010
  • Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Act 2002
  • Defence Act 1990
  • Earthquake Commission Act 1993
  • Epidemic Preparedness Act 2006
  • Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017
  • Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016
  • Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996
  • Health Act 1956
  • Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
  • International Terrorism (Emergency Powers) Act 1987
  • Local Government Act 2002
  • Maritime Transport Act 1994
  • Public Works Act 1981
  • Resource Management Act 1991