We established the NCCTRC following the 2002 Bali bombings. Strategically located in Darwin, it allows us to rapidly respond to sudden health emergencies both onshore and offshore throughout the Asia-Pacific region. We can quickly deploy Australian Medical Assistance Teams (AUSMAT) to these areas when needed.
The NCCTRC also:
- provides trauma response services and extra staff, as needed in a crisis, to the Royal Darwin Hospital
- provides national training and coordination of personnel registered to deploy with AUSMAT
- maintains a cache of equipment and medical supplies to support an AUSMAT deployment. This includes a fully self-contained field hospital, stores of medical consumables and personal protective equipment.
The NCCTRC works with key international partners to strengthen and enhance regional capability and capacity by:
- mentoring international emergency medical response teams
- providing education and training programs for clinicians in Australia, South East Asia and the Pacific.
State-of-the-art facilities support a disaster medical research program which aims to deliver practical improvements to health responses in emergency situations.