Emergency Planning

The South Island Primary Health Emergency Planning Coordinator position is based at South Island Alliance Programme Office (SIAPO) in Christchurch. The main purpose of the role is to help ensure coordination within primary care providers to assist with continuity of care in unplanned events.

Funding is indirectly from the Ministry of Health and enables resources and support to be provided without charge. Coordinating the planning process helps achieve an integrated response to emergencies, locally, regionally and nationally.  DHB and PHO Emergency Managers are closely involved in the process. Aged Residential Care facilities are able to take advantage of this service.

Resources available:

  • Emergency Planning and Business Continuity Planning templates for General Practices and Pharmacies.
  • Business Continuity workshops and training via table top scenarios.
  • One-on-One support


  • Safety1st Reaches Quarter Million Milestone
    11 Nov 2019

    11 Nov 2019 South Island DHBs have recently reached the quarter million mark for recorded events on electronic incident risk management application, Safety1st. Safety1st supports users to improve processes to prevent harm and errors, improve safety, and manage risk more effectively – from identification through to resolution. Director Quality and Patient Safety, Sue Wood, says […]

  • New Emergency Response Guide
    07 Nov 2019

    News 07 Nov 2019 A new staff guide for emergency response procedures is being distributed in aged residential care facilities, pharmacies and GP clinics throughout the South Island to assist with consistent regional and local emergency planning. The Emergency Response flipchart contains information and step-by-step instructions for staff to follow during a range of emergencies, […]

  • Improving Emergency Outcomes At Aged Care Facilities
    07 Nov 2019

    News 07 Nov 2019 A new online emergency training course for staff at aged residential care facilities aims to improve outcomes for residents during emergencies. The course, Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS) for Aged Residential Care (ARC) facilities, was developed by the South Island Alliance after a need for emergency training within aged residential care […]