National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre

The National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) provides clinical and academic leadership in disaster and trauma care. Based in Darwin, it has emergency medical response facilities, provides education and training, and has state-of-the-art research facilities.

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National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre

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.

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