We have a regional role in emergency planning and response for infectious disease outbreaks, environmental hazards and pandemics.
Many emergencies have a public health component – whether they are natural disasters, man-made disasters or infectious diseases. ARPHS works with the District Health Boards, Civil Defence, St John, border agencies and others to develop plans and procedures, and respond to an emergency.
During an emergency, ARPHS staff undertake public health actions including controlling outbreaks, border health activities and advising the public how to stay safe and well.
ARPHS is the lead regional agency for the initial stages of a pandemic. This includes planning, preparation and leading a response.