Health sector pandemic influenza guidance

Pandemic influenza plans, policies and publications for the health sector.

The Ministry of Health is the lead agency for planning for and responding to pandemics on a national scale.

District health boards (DHBs) and their public health units are responsible for leading the planning and response to a pandemic at the local and regional level.

The Ministry of Health has developed plans, policies and guidance to support the health and disability sector to fulfil their responsibilities in a pandemic.

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New Zealand Influenza Pandemic Action Plan

The New Zealand Influenza Pandemic Plan: A framework for action (NZIPAP)  is intended for anyone involved in planning for or responding to an influenza pandemic. It also provides general information on pandemics and government planning for the New Zealand public. The plan details the specific roles and responsibilities of the health and disability sector in planning and response, and outlines the actions that need to be considered at each phase of a pandemic.

Related policies

National Reserve Supplies Management and Usage Policies

The National Reserve Supplies Usage Policy document provides some details about New Zealand's national reserves of health supplies for use in health emergencies, and outlines policies for their use.

H5N1 Pre-Pandemic Vaccine Usage Policy

The H5N1 Pre-Pandemic Vaccine Usage Policy document provides some details about New Zealand's supply of this vaccine, and outlines policies for its use.

Other guidance and publications

National Laboratory Guidelines for Pandemic Influenza

The National Laboratory Guidelines for Pandemic Influenza are intended for use by health professionals and laboratory staff to ensure safe handling and collection of human specimens for diagnosis of influenza with pandemic potential.

Getting Through Together: Ethical Values for a Pandemic

Getting Through Together: Ethical Values for a Pandemic is guidance from the National Ethics Advisory Committee on ethical values for a pandemic. The emphasis is given to using shared values to assist people to care for themselves, their whānau and their neighbours, and using shared values to make decisions in situations of overwhelming demand

Publications

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