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Australian Medical Assistance Team

The Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT) SA is a volunteer incident response team which can be deployed to a disaster area/mass casualty incident (MCI) on short notice to supplement the local emergency response when services are overwhelmed or rendered inoperable due to the incident. Team members are trained to provide skilled assistance during the crisis and to establish ongoing sustainable solutions for local communities where possible.

AUSMAT teams are made up of medical professionals including doctors, nurses, allied health and paramedics, and non-medical team members such as fire-fighters and logisticians who are available for deployment to state, national or international disasters. AUSMAT is fully prepared to be self sufficient for a period of up to two weeks with its own shelter, power, food, water, medical supplies and communications.

AUSMAT Code of Conduct

‘There is an agreed code of conduct that all members who deploy under the AUSMAT banner are required to conform to. In principle, an AUSMAT deployment is about supporting the local community by providing a sustainable ongoing solution when AUSMAT withdraws.

Key elements include:

  • respect for the roles and views of the locals
  • clearly identified objective of being there to support and teach, not to take over
  • an operational philosophy that does not impose views and plans where possible
  • an ongoing awareness of the issues around long-term sustainability of the situation after support is withdrawn
  • a principle of empowering the local people to be part of the immediate solution as well as the long-term management
  • a recognition of the importance of maintaining the AUSMAT members’ own physical and psychological health and well-being at all times.

Vision: Think action, act with care and thought.

Mission: To provide rapid, efficient, farsighted support within the broader area of health to communities in need.

Training

Each suitable volunteer will be trained and prepared for possible deployments within South Australia, Australia or overseas.  This involves humanitarian and security training which is incorporated in a 3 day Team Members course which also involves an overnight immersion phase simulating a deployment.

More specialised training is available at he National Critical Care and Trauma Centre in Darwin.  These include:

  • Team Leader Needs Assessment Courses
  • Surgical and Anaesthetist Courses
  • Logistics Courses.

Contact

AUSMAT
Emergency Management Unit
Department for Health and Ageing

Email: AUSMAT@health.sa.gov.au

Telephone: (08) 8226 7115

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