|Title:||Representation on District and Local Emergency Management Committees|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0514/14|
|Date of issue:||Thursday, 20 March 2014|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||Hospitals and health services have significant roles to play in an emergency or disaster and are key stakeholders in their communityís emergency management planning process. This operational directive outlines the requirements for involvement by hospitals and health services to participate in community disaster and emergency preparatory activities.|
|Legal requirements:||Emergency Management Act 2005, Emergency Management Regulations 2006
|Applicable to:||This Operational Directive is applicable to the Department of Health and all Health Services.|
|Category:||Disaster Preparedness and Management|
|Period of effect:||from 4 March 2014 to 4 March 2019|
|Review date:||4 March 2014|
|Authorised by:||Professor Bryant Stokes, Acting Director General, Department of Health WA, 11-Mar-2014|
|Print version:||View print version|
Representation on District and Local Emergency Management Committees
Hospitals and health services have significant roles to play in an emergency or disaster and are key stakeholders in their communityís emergency management planning process. †This operational directive outlines the requirements for involvement by hospitals and health services to participate in community disaster and emergency preparatory activities.
The statutory requirements for the structure and functions of District Emergency Management Committees (DEMCs) and Local Emergency Management Committees (LEMCs) are prescribed in sections 31 and 38 of the Emergency Management Act 2005.†
District Emergency Management Committees
DEMCs are multi-agency committees with a statutory role to establish and maintain emergency management arrangements for the district for which it is constituted. †There are currently fourteen (six metropolitan and eight regional) emergency management districts in Western Australia (WA). Each emergency management district contains a number of specified local government districts. A list of WA emergency management and local government districts is detailed in State Emergency Management Policy 2.4, District Emergency Management Arrangements.
WA Country Health Service Regions
Regional Directors (RD) and/or Regional Health Disaster Coordinators (RHDC) represent the interests of Health for their respective emergency management districts. Each RD is responsible for ensuring appropriate regional executive Health representation is established and maintained at the respective DEMC for their region.
There are currently six designated DEMC districts within the Perth metropolitan area. The North Metropolitan Health Service incorporates the North West, West and East Metropolitan DEMC districts, and South Metropolitan Health Service includes South, South East and Central metropolitan DEMC districts. The Child and Adolescent Health Service and Women and Newborn Health Service are incorporated into the central metropolitan DEMC district. Ensuring appropriate executive Health representation to the DEMCs is the responsibility of the relevant Area Health Service Chief Executive.
Local Emergency Management Committees
LEMCs are local multi-agency committees with a statutory role to assist and advise local governments in the establishment, testing and review of local emergency management arrangements for the local governmentís area of responsibility. All public hospitals throughout WA are to provide active representation at the LEMC that is facilitated by their local shire or council. In instances where there may be more than one public hospital in each local shire or council area, hospitals may choose to work together to provide joint representation to the LEMC.
Escalation of Issues and Concerns
WA Country Health Service regions
WA Country Health Service (WACHS) hospitals or health services, with unresolved concerns about issues, or planned public events in their area, are to forward these concerns to the RHDC for their region. Upon receipt and investigation/evaluation of these communications, the RHDC is to assist in the resolution, or appropriate escalation of the issue, including informing the RD. Unresolved issues related to planning and preparedness requiring further escalation are to be forwarded, in the first instance, to the WACHS Disaster Management Network, and then to the WA Health Emergency Management Committee (WA HEMC), if required.
In the metropolitan area, hospitals or health services with unresolved concerns about issues, or planned public events in their area, are to forward these concerns to the Hospital Health Coordinators Subcommittee and then to the WA HEMC, if required.
Professor Bryant Stokes
This circular last updated: Thursday, 20 March 2014 at 11:33am