|Title:||Protocols for evidentiary recovery by health professionals|
|Document ID:||Operational Circular OP 2004/05|
|Date of issue:||Monday, 5 December 2005|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||These protocols are a standardised process with easy-to-follow steps that supplement existing procedures used by health professionals.|
|Category:||Disaster Preparedness and Management|
|Period of effect:||from 1 December 2005|
|Authorised by:||Dr Andy Robertson, Divisional Director, Health Protection Group, 30-Nov-2005|
|Print version:||View print version|
Protocols for evidentiary recovery by health professionals
The protocols for evidentiary recovery by health professionals have been developed through consultation with relevant health experts and are fully supported by the National Counter-Terrorism Committee. The protocols have been endorsed by the Australian Health Disaster Management Policy Committee and agreed that States and Territories will implement them. The Protocols are at Appendix 1.
This Circular sets out protocols for evidentiary recovery and is aimed at health professionals in circumstances where they are dealing with mass-casualties from a terrorism related incident. The intention is to outline the processes, which will increase the retention of physical evidence that otherwise may well have been lost to investigators. These should be adhered to as much as practicable.
The protocols can be implemented with little or no formal forensic training or expertise.
These protocols are a standardised process with easy-to-follow steps that supplement existing procedures used by health professionals.
Royal Perth, Fremantle and Sir Charles Gairdner hospitals have all been provided with 1000 tags, 400 plastic bags, 400 paper bags and 200 arson bags. It is acknowledged that the ideal scenario would be deployment of a fully equipped police or forensic officer direct to the hospital or triage area to conduct the evidence sampling and gathering. This is unlikely in a multi-casualty terrorism incident where high-intensity circumstances exist. Resources will be stretched and the early confusion may not allow for appropriate deployments. Identifying and training of appropriate hospital staff to provide an on-site evidence coordination role would fill the gap between police/forensic deployment and on-site health professionals/triage staff collecting, bagging and tagging evidence.
Monitoring and Review
The Senior Policy Officer, Disaster Preparedness and Management is responsible for the monitoring and review of this document on an annual basis.
Dr Andy Robertson
This circular last updated: Monday, 5 December 2005 at 11:56am