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Aussie Medical Assistance Teams Treat More Than 1700

The final Australian medical assistance teams (AusMAT) returned to Australia earlier this week. This followed a rapid deployment to Fiji to respond to the urgent health needs of the Fijian
18 Mar 2016 08:57
Aussie Medical Assistance Teams Treat More Than 1700
AusMAT teams who were in the country to aid local health teams in cyclone-affected areas. Photos: Australian High Commission.

The final Australian medical assistance teams (AusMAT) returned to Australia earlier this week.

This followed a rapid deployment to Fiji to respond to the urgent health needs of the Fijian people in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The experienced AusMAT teams, comprising doctors, nurses, paramedics, logisticians, a pharmacist and allied health staff, worked effectively alongside local health teams to provide primary health care to affected communities.

This was the first time a joint, mobile deployment of an AusMAT team has been used. This new approach has established, a valuable model for future humanitarian responses. The combined AusMAT/local health teams treated a total of 1768 people in the evacuation centres, villages and settlements within the cyclone affected sub-divisions of Rakiraki, Ba, Ovalau and Tailevu.

Minister for Health and Medical Services, Jone Usamate, thanked Australia for the critical assistance provided in the immediate aftermath of the cyclone.

Upon departure of the AusMAT teams, Australia was pleased to gift FJ$23,000 worth of medicine to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

This will assist with the ongoing health needs of those affected by the cyclone.

The medicines include pain relief, oral rehydration, and antibiotics to manage a range of infections and communicable diseases, and will leave a lasting contribution to the health of the people, long after the departure of the AusMAT teams.

Australia has a long history of engagement with the health sector in Fiji and has worked in close partnership with the sector through its bilateral aid programme for the last 10 years.

The deployment of the AusMAT teams were part of Australia’s broader FJ$23 million package of humanitarian assistance provided to Fiji following the devastating impact of Cyclone Winston.

The Australian Government will continue to work with Government to ensure the recovery and rehabilitation of affected communities. Source and Photos: Australian High Commission.

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