NSW Health conducts State and Local Health District level exercises to test and revise pandemic plans and operational preparedness.
Exercise Surry was a small scale intra-health discussion exercise conducted in September 2011 with the aim of informing the developing NSW Health guidance around supporting individuals and families in home isolation and quarantine during an infectious disease emergency, such as a severe pandemic.
Exercise Forrest Gump was a large-scale pandemic exercise conducted by the Hunter New England health service in 2008 to test the ability of the service to identify and manage pandemic cases including ambulance transfers. It was also used to test notification of Public Health and the maintenance of strict infection control.
Exercise Paton was a state-wide exercise conducted in November 2006 which aimed to evaluate the responses of emergency departments and multipurpose services to a presentation of a case of pandemic influenza.