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Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton with Dr Len Notaras

 Australia’s National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre was announced following the 2002 Bali bombings by former Prime Minister Mr John Howard and then formally established by then Federal Health Minister Mr Tony Abbott in 2005.

Funded by the Australian Government, the NCCTRC is focused on enhancing Australia’s capacity to provide clinical and academic leadership in disaster and trauma care. The NCCTRC provides a local response capability and an internationally unique education, training and exercising capacity, as well as state of the art research in disaster response and the physiology of heat management in first responders.

As highlighted in Dr Ken Henry’s Asian 21st Century White Paper, the NCCTRC has become a local, national and international "North Australia" success story, and is a key component of the Australian Government’s disaster and emergency medical response capabilities, as well as an important asset for the Northern Territory. The location of the NCCTRC in northern Australia ensures that nationally we are prepared to respond to major onshore and offshore incidents in Australia and South East Asia.

In 2015, the NCCTRC provided assistance at the request of the Australian Government to Vanautu in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam. In 2013, the NCCTRC provided support to the Solomon Islands following a dengue outbreak and to the Phililppines following devastating Typhoon Haiyan. The NCCTRC continues to work with the Government of Timor-Leste to provide medical support and training on request and with its counterparts in Indonesia in particular with the staff of RSUP Sanglah Hospital in Bali.

The centre has strong links with the Northern Territory Department of Health (DoH), Queensland Health, Charles Darwin University (CDU) and Flinders University in Adelaide