Critical care centre receives $67 million boost

Matt Woodley

6/11/2019 3:03:41 PM

Australia’s ability to respond to disasters and health emergencies will benefit from the funding injection.

Greg Hunt
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt applauded the NCCTRC team members for their ‘skills and commitment’.

The funding will support critical infrastructure and expand the Darwin-based National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre’s (NCCTRC) capacity to respond during emergencies both domestically and in the surrounding region.
Some of the $67.6 million has also been earmarked for the continued operation and development of the NCCTRC’s national and regional response capability, and its maintenance of a state of readiness to rapidly respond to disasters and health emergencies.
Established in the wake of the 2002 Bali Bombings, the NCCTRC has attracted national and international recognition for its role in providing a coordinated national approach to disaster preparedness and trauma response.
In addition to responding to health emergencies, the centre also trains, prepares and coordinates volunteer personnel from across the nation to form deployable Australian Medical Assistance Teams (AUSMATs). These teams consist of multidisciplinary health professionals from all states and territories, working together to respond to health emergencies within Australia and abroad.
In formalising the funding via a new project agreement with the Northern Territory Government, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt applauded the NCCTRC team members for ‘their skills and commitment’.
‘Out of the tragedy of Bali has come a world-class centre of disaster and health emergency preparedness and capability-building, able to respond rapidly both onshore and offshore throughout the Asia-Pacific,’ he said.
‘The renewed funding will enable the NCCTRC to continue to respond to incidents of national and regional significance and operate as a hub of evidence-based emergency care, research and education.’

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