Published: January 6, 2020
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Medical support from AUSMAT for bushfire evacuees

The Australian Government has, for the first time, deployed Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT) specialists in a domestic setting to provide medical support to people evacuated from bushfire-affected communities.

The eight specialists – two doctors, two nurses, two paramedics and two logisticians – have been deployed to RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria to provide immediate clinical and logistical assistance to evacuees, and to assess the need for additional medical and health support services.

The Acting Australian Government Chief Medical Officer is in discussions with other jurisdictions about whether there is a need for additional AUSMAT specialists to be deployed.

The specialists positioned in East Sale will work closely with Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services and Defence personnel, to ensure their work complements that being conducted by medical staff already on site.

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