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Where are general practitioners when disaster strikes?

Penelope L Burns, Peter J Aitken and Beverley Raphael
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (7): 356-358. || doi: 10.5694/mja14.00477
Published online: 20 April 2015

GPs, inevitably involved in disasters, should be appropriately engaged in preparedness, response and recovery systems

In the past two decades it is estimated that Australians have experienced 1.5 million disaster exposures to natural disasters alone.1 General practitioners are a widely dispersed, inevitably involved medical resource who have the capacity to deal with both emergency need and long-term disaster-related health concerns. Despite the high likelihood of spontaneous involvement, formal systems of disaster response do not systematically include GPs.

  • Penelope L Burns1,0,0,2
  • Peter J Aitken3
  • Beverley Raphael1

  • 1 Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.
  • 2 University of Western Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
  • 3 James Cook University, Townsville, QLD.

Correspondence: PennyLBurns@gmail.com

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