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Northern Territory emergency response experts present on global stage

Australia's National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) shared its innovations and knowledge in preparing and responding to disaster response at a global meeting of Emergency Medical Teams in Hong Kong in November 2016.

Professor Len Notaras AM, Executive Director of the NCCTRC officially met with the Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Dr Margaret Chan.

"AUSMAT is a critical component of Australia’s emergency response capabilities and the work of the NCCTRC is vital to ensure Australia maintains ability to respond to emergencies, both within Australia and internationally," Professor Notaras said.

"Emergency medical teams from the world are keen to adopt many of the innovations developed by the NCCTRC and Hong Kong will provide the ideal opportunity to share them on a world stage."

The three day meeting, held from 28 to 30 November, brought together more than 300 medical and logistics personnel from all over the world with a focus on delivering emergency medical response in a sudden onset disaster.

The NCCTRC shared its experiences at the meeting following the October 2016 global verification of the Australian Medical Assistance Teams (AUSMAT) as an ’EMT Type 2’ surgical field hospital by the World Health Organisation. The field hospital has the capacity to provide treatment for up to 200 patients per day including surgical cases and 30 inpatients.

Key staff from the NCCTRC shared lessons from the field following the AUSMAT response to Fiji and Tropical Cyclone Winston in February this year, and the response to Vanuatu in 2015 in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Pam.

World-leading logisticians from the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Services will also present on water supply and waste management in a field hospital.