|Title:||Financial Arrangements For Emergencies And Disasters|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0225/09|
|Date of issue:||Monday, 12 October 2009|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||The aim of this Operational Directive is to outline financial arrangements when responding to a major emergency or disaster (hereafter referred to as a major incident). This Operational Directive is in accordance with State Emergency Management Policy No 4.2 Ė Funding for Emergencies, which has been prepared under the Emergency Management Act 2005.|
|Legal requirements:||Emergency Management Act 2005
|Applicable to:||Emergency Procedures Coordinators. Hospital Health Coordinators. Regional Health Disaster Coordinators. State Health Coordinator Business/Finance Managers|
|Category:||Disaster Preparedness and Management|
|Period of effect:||from 21 September 2009 to 20 September 2014|
|Review date:||20 September 2014|
|Authorised by:||Dr Peter Flett, Director General, Office of the Director's General, 24-Sep-2009|
|Print version:||View print version|
Financial Arrangements For Emergencies And Disasters
The Department of Health (DOH) has an obligation within Westplan Health to ensure that an efficient health response can be activated to meet health disaster and emergency management requirements. The provision of medical treatment and other health support services to the general public, emergency victims and traumatised persons all form part of the health services’ normal duties. In a major disaster, the financial costs of services provided could be significantly unforseen and need to be costed and detailed.
The aim of this Operational Directive is to outline financial arrangements when responding to a major emergency or disaster (hereafter referred to as a major incident). This Operational Directive is in accordance with State Emergency Management Policy No 4.2 – Funding for Emergencies, which has been prepared under the Emergency Management Act 2005.
Additionally, on activation of the central disaster cost centre, the SHC will instruct the Hospital Emergency Operations Centre (HEOC) to inform all Hospital Health Coordinators, however titled, and Regional Health Coordinators that local disaster cost centres need to be established within each Health Service and utilised for all expenses incurred by the Area Health Service.
The decision by the SHC to activate a disaster cost centre is based on one or more of the following situations:
On request by the SHC, detailed information on expenses directly related to the response to the incident shall be forwarded to the Senior Policy Officer – Operations within the Disaster Preparedness and Management Unit (DPMU). For protracted events, detailed expenses must be submitted at the beginning of each month for expenditure incurred during the previous month. The re-imbursement of expenses will be forwarded to the Executive Director, Public Health Division. The Executive Director, Public Health Division will assess the matter and liaise with the Health Finance area and the Director General for special financial support at the highest level, as required.
Area Health Services need to seek in-principle approval from the SHC for procurement of equipment or services (e.g. aircraft hire), which are likely to cost over $20,000, should a recoup be required.
A similar case may be made to the DPMU by supportive non-governmental health agencies (eg. St John Ambulance, Royal Flying Doctors Service, Australian Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service, etc) where the nature and magnitude of the incident is vastly in excess of their more normal operating financial arrangements and funding mechanisms.
Monitoring and Review
Dr Peter Flett
This circular last updated: Monday, 12 October 2009 at 3:38pm