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Trauma centre provides medical team to Supercars

The National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) will provide a medical team to support the Supercars event at Hidden Valley this weekend.

The Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said this year marks the 20th year of the Darwin event, that is expected to attract large crowds of locals and tourists over the 3 days of racing.

“Events like these are key to delivering the vibrant communities that Territorians want and need, but they also boost tourism numbers, increase the spend at local businesses and create local jobs,” Ms Fyles said.

“As the Health Minister I’m proud that the world class team  at the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) will be on hand to make sure any potential accidents are dealt with safely.

“The NCCTRC Medical team has been involved with the Supercars event since 2009.

"This year the NCCTRC collaborated with Buslink and NT Major Events Company to transform a public passenger bus, configured with patient stretchers enabling a multi-patient transport capability.

"The stretcher fit out of the bus will be undertaken by AUSMAT Logisticians on Friday morning and will remain on site located with the medical centre at the Hidden Valley Race track for the duration of the Supercars event."

The NCCTRC Medical Team is comprised of specialised volunteers who are medical and nursing staff predominantly with pre-hospital and critical care experience from Royal Darwin Hospital and Care Flight.

NCCTRC Executive Director Professor Len Notaras AM said planning for the medical support has been in progress since April this year with the NCCTRC working with stakeholders to understand and define key roles and responsibilities, to cross check existing plan arrangements and to understand available resources in the event of a mass casualty incident response. 

“Stakeholders at this exercise included Police, St John Ambulance, NT Major Events Company, Royal Darwin Hospital Emergency Department representatives, Supercars Security provider and NCCTRC Medical Team members,” Professor Notaras said.

“The NCCTRC will stand up its TrackMi IT capability for this event. It’s a system developed by NCCTRC that enables mobile electronic triage of patients and makes patient information available quickly.This interacts with a web-based database to gather information on casualty numbers.

"It not only allows for early medical resource allocation, but provides real time tracking in order to monitor and manage any evolving situation that may require an enhanced medical response.”