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7th Australian medical team for Banda Aceh.



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ATTORNEY-GENERAL THE HON PHILIP RUDDOCK MP

NEWS RELEASE

27 January 2005 012/2004

7th AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL TEAM FOR BANDA ACEH

Attorney-General Philip Ruddock has announced that a 7th Australian medical team formed in Victoria will leave for tsunami battered Banda Aceh tomorrow.

Emergency Management Australia (EMA) has liaised closely with the Victorian Government that has brought together the 24-member team.

“This specialist team will replace the 6th medical and public health team that was formed in Queensland and is currently carrying out vital work in Banda Aceh,” Mr Ruddock said.

“Over the past two weeks the Queensland team has been working side by side providing medical support to Indonesian authorities.”

The replacement team from Victoria is scheduled to leave Australia tomorrow and receive a handover briefing from their Queensland counterparts before continuing Australia’s medical assistance to communities in and around Banda Aceh.

The Victorian team includes surgical and nursing staff, paramedics, public health and infectious disease doctors, a microbiologist, and a logistician.

“On behalf of the Australian Government I want to congratulate all State and Territory Governments who have come forward to provide medical, public health and engineering experts to help our Indian Ocean neighbours,” Mr Ruddock said.

“This show of support for tsunami damaged communities is a credit to all Australians.”

The Victorian team is expected to be in Banda Aceh for up to two weeks.

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Ingram (Mr Ruddock’s office) 0437 042 554 Alastair Wilson (EMA) 0408 606 462

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600 • Telephone (02) 6277 7300 • Fax (02) 6273 4102 www.law.gov.au/ag