Australian hospital may be vulnerable in disaster

June 25, 2019

Australia's Canberra Hospital is at risk of ineffectively managing a major disaster, in part due to outdated policies and unclear roles, according to an article on the Canberra Times.

Among the problems revealed in an internal document was that the hospital's chemical decontamination tent had not been maintained and no one was trained to erect it.

Canberra Health Service's integrated risk register, released through freedom of information laws, listed the risk of "ineffective response to and recovery from complex level two and three emergency incidents" as high.

The document said responsibilities were unclear within the incident management team and there had been enough opportunities for training exercises.

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