Emergency Response Planning Tool (ERPT) Trial

Emergency Response Planning Tool (ERPT) Trial

14 August, 2023

The Victorian Department of Health is providing a free trial for GP practices in Victoria to use the ERPT. This trial is available now and continues until December 31st 2023.

What is the ERPT?

The Emergency Response Planning Tool (ERPT) is the RACGP recommended on-line tool which assists general practices in better preparing for, responding to and recovering from the impacts of emergencies and pandemics.

Maintaining an up-to-date emergency plan helps ensure the safety of your staff, the smooth recovery of your practice and reduces the risk of financial loss.

The ERPT provides suggested contingency measures for staff so that, in the event of an emergency or unplanned event, they will know how to respond to:

  • a pandemic
  • loss of power supply to the practice
  • disruption to water and gas supplies
  • disruption to telecommunications systems
  • loss of IT systems or data
  • loss of business records
  • complete or partial loss of practice premises
  • loss of medical supplies, equipment and furniture
  • loss or non–availability of key staff
  • Cyber incident response.

These modules are supported with new additions including;

  • mental health support services for staff
  • telehealth
  • Strategies for dealing with patient aggression and violence.

The ERPT guides through a series of modules, which are relevant to your practice. The tool has considerable pre-populated information to make the process as easy as possible.

When you have finished, your practice will have its own personalised emergency response plan. The plan will guide your staff on what to do in such an event. The ERPT complies with the 5th edition of the GP standards toward accreditation.

How do I access the ERPT?

1. Go to the URL: ERPT RACGP

2. Click on `Register your practice for the ERPT’, in red. Complete the few details.