The New Zealand Medical Assistance Team (NZMAT) is a civilian-based disaster medical assistance team. It includes clinical and allied staff such as doctors, nurses, paramedics, allied health professionals, and non-medical members such as logisticians.
NZMAT will provide medical assistance for disasters domestically and internationally within the south-west Pacific area.
The successful deployment of a NZMAT depends on the team members’ ability to work together and be flexible in their roles. Potential NZMAT staff face demanding selection criteria before being accepted. These include:
- the ability to work within a team
- appropriate professional skill sets
- the ability to multi-task
- willingness to deploy for a minimum of 1–2 weeks at short notice.
NZMAT was established relatively recently, and a number of new processes are still being implemented such as national databases and various protocols to ensure a coordinated response.
Counties Manukau is leading the development of logistic supply chain arrangements to support a deployed team.
Interested in volunteering? Find out how to register for NZMAT.