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Australian medical team provides disaster response training for health officials

A team of medical consultants from the Australian National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) based in Darwin are in Fiji this week to facilitate disaster response training for local health officials. The visit was a collaborative effort by the Ministry of Health and the Australian-funded NCCTRC to deliver training to enhance local health […]

Salote Qalubau

May 26, 2016 8:36 am

A team of medical consultants from the Australian National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) based in Darwin are in Fiji this week to facilitate disaster response training for local health officials.

The Australian National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) during the training session.(Australian High Commission Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)
Members of the Australian National Critical Care and Trauma Response Team with health officials during the training session. (AHC)

The visit was a collaborative effort by the Ministry of Health and the Australian-funded NCCTRC to deliver training to enhance local health officials’ approach to disaster medical management in the region.

This training also coincides with an earlier collaboration between the Ministry of Health and NCCTRC when a team comprising of 21 Australian Medical Assistance Teams (AUSMAT) personnel were deployed to Fiji to provide support immediately after Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The Australian National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) during the training session.(Australian High Commission Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)
The Australian National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) during the training session. (AHC)

NCCTRC’s Acting Director Disaster, Preparedness and Response Abigail Trewin, said the team was glad to work with the Ministry of Health to support Fiji in building its disaster resilience.

Acting Deputy Secretary Hospital Services, Dr. Luisa Cikamatana of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, commended the training support provided by NCCTRC to enhance the Ministry’s response for future disasters.

Cikamatana: “This training will enable the Ministry to build its capacity to be able to effectively and efficiently respond to the health needs of any disaster within Fiji, to the region and also outside the region. The Ministry is committed to continue with our collegiality with AUSMAT and implement the recommendations of AUSMAT’s Response team’s support after Tropical Cyclone Winston.”

Mrs. Cikamatana also expressed appreciation of the assistance provided by the Government of Australia to the Ministry and the people of Fiji.

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