The National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre will send a team to provide training in disaster management to Yangon in Myanmar next week.
The team of five doctors and nurses will be lead by the Trauma Centre’s Dr Ian Norton, the Director of Disaster Preparedness and Response. Dr Norton will be joined by a Darwin trauma nurse Ms Rebecca Weir.
Two doctors, one from Queensland and the other from South Australia along with a nurse from New South Wales, will also join the team to deliver the five day program from February 18.
The disaster training followed a request from the Myanmar Ministry of Health in preparation for the Asian Games in December.
The course is internationally recognized and taught in 60 countries but has never been delivered in Myanmar.
“This course brings together experts from NSW, QLD and SA as well as the NT, strengthening ties with health emergency response partners,” Dr Norton said.
“The team is looking forward to working with emergency medicine colleagues who are the first of what is a new specialty for the country.
“This course is a small but important contribution, with the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives in the event of a disaster or major incident.”
The NCCTRC is developing an international reputation for disaster response and training providing more than 1000 training places in 2012 and again in 2013 for both Territory and Australian doctors and nurses.