The National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre and the Department of Health has a comprehensive trauma management system to respond effectively to disasters.
The disaster preparedness and response team at the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre is constantly working to ensure that health services across the Northern Territory and Royal Darwin Hospital are “equipped, prepared and ready” to respond to emergency events.
This includes the ability to develop Australian Medical Assistance Teams (AUSMAT) capable of responding both nationally and internationally.
A large part of what the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre does is centered on preparedness. Members of the team work closely with the Australian Health Protection Committee and the Health All Hazards Working Group in addressing issues of national importance around disaster preparedness.
Planning is also a key responsibility of the NCCTRC disaster group through the writing of plans and the breaking down of divisions between emergency response throughout Australia.
Disaster Education continues to be a key focus for the centre providing training on a local, national and international platform. Disaster training is provided through simulations, Remote Disaster Trauma Courses, Major Incident Management & Support courses (MIMMS), available to health, defence and emergency service personnel both within the Northern Territory, interstate and for regional parterners such as Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia.