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Responding to the Boxing Day tsunami disaster in Aceh, Indonesia: Western and South Australian contributions

Authors

  • Andrew Pearce,

    1. Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia,
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    • Andrew Pearce, FACEM, Emergency Physician, Trauma and Retrieval Consultant, Wing Commander, RAAF Specialist Reserves; Paul Mark, FACEM, Executive Director Medical Services, Clinical Senior Lecturer Emergency Medicine; Norman Gray, FACEM, Emergency Physician, Major, Army Specialist Reserves; Chris Curry, FACEM, Emergency Physician, Clinical Associate Professor Emergency Medicine, Chair of International Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group of ACEM.

  • Paul Mark,

    1. South Metropolitan Area Health Service, Perth, Western Australia,
    2. Fremantle Hospital, Fremantle,
    3. Emergency Medicine, University of Western Australia, Perth,
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  • Norman Gray,

    1. Fremantle Hospital, Fremantle and Rockingham and Kwinana District Hospital, Rockingham, Western Australia,
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  • Chris Curry

    Corresponding author
    1. Fremantle Hospital, Fremantle,
    2. Emergency Medicine, University of Western Australia, Perth,
    3. International Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group of ACEM, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Dr Chris Curry, Emergency Department, Fremantle Hospital, Alma Street, Fremantle, WA 6160, Australia. Email: chriscurry1@compuserve.com

Abstract

Objective:  To describe the Western and South Australian response to the Boxing Day tsunami disaster in Aceh, Indonesia.

Method:  Reports from three of the responders.

Results:  Comment has been made on organising a response, the first team to Banda Aceh, the second team to Banda Aceh, and lessons learned.

Conclusions:  These experiences have identified areas in which we could be better prepared for the next international disaster response.

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