CDPLAN

Emergency Response Plan for Communicable Disease Incidents of National Significance.

Page last updated: 01 November 2016

The Emergency Response Plan for Communicable Disease Incidents of National Significance (CDPLAN) was developed by the Communicable Diseases Network Australia and endorsed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee on 11 August 2016. A Communicable Disease Incident of National Significance (CDINS) is defined as a communicable disease incident that requires implementation of national policy, interventions and public messaging, or deployment of Commonwealth or inter-jurisdictional resources to assist affected jurisdictions.

CDPLAN has been developed under the auspices of the National Health Emergency Response Arrangements (NatHealth Arrangements 2009). The CDPLAN is consistent with the Australian Government Crisis Management Framework which states that the Minister for Health is the lead Minister for a domestic public health incident that requires a whole-of-government response. Examples may include an influenza pandemic or a serious infectious disease outbreak. The Health Minister will generally be the Australian Government spokesperson and will ensure that public communication objectives, particularly messages to support public safety, are achieved.