There are several key documents providing national guidance on responding to pandemics and other public health emergencies.
A suite of guidance documents and action plans support the NHEP. The action plan with the most relevance to border health protection is the New Zealand Influenza Pandemic Plan: A framework for action 2010 (NZIPAP). The NZIPAP is intended for those involved in planning for or responding to an influenza pandemic, as well as providing general information on pandemics and government planning for New Zealand as a whole.
The NZIPAP is an across-government document that details the arrangements and specific actions to be carried out in the management of pandemic influenza. Border health initiatives are a key component of the NZIPAP and its planning strategy, most notably at Phases 2 and 3:
- Phase 1 – Plan For It (planning and preparedness)
- Phase 2 – Keep It Out (border management)
- Phase 3 – Stamp It Out (cluster control)
- Phase 4 – Manage It (pandemic management)
- Phase 5 – Manage It (post-peak)
- Phase 6 – Recover From It (recovery).
More information about key border health protection strategies and interventions, along with the agencies responsible for each, is contained in Parts B and C of the NZIPAP.