New Zealand Medical Assistance Team structure

A New Zealand Medical Assistance Team (NZMAT) consists of several different modules, depending on what the situation requires.

Initial Assessment Team

Medical assistance teamThe Initial Assessment Team is a small group of 1–4 members who are able to deploy within hours. They will deploy for 2–5 days and will be self-sufficient for this period.

The team consists of the following roles:

  • Ministry of Health representative
  • emergency medicine/clinical team leader
  • public health
  • logistician.

The team is likely to deploy as part of the ‘all of government’ response on the first available aircraft.

NZMAT modules

A number of the following modules will be deployed as needed – the composition will change over the period of the deployment to meet the changing demands of the situation.

Evacuation module

Four members:

  • 2 x retrieval doctors
  • 2 x retrieval paramedics or registered nurses (flight nurse)

Acute operative module

Eight members:

  • 1 x surgeon
  • 1 x orthopaedic surgeon
  • 2 x anaesthetists
  • 4 x theatre nurses

Burns module

Four members:

  • 1 x burns surgeon
  • 1 x anaesthetist
  • 2 x burns registered nurses

Public health module

Six members:

  • 2 x public health physicians
  • 2 x environmental health officers
  • 2 x registered nurses with public health, communicable disease, GP or immunisation programme experience

Emergency care module

Four members:

  • 2 x adult emergency department FACEM
  • 2 x adult emergency department registered nurses

 Paediatric module

Four members:

  • 2 x paediatric emergency department FACEM
  • 2 x paediatric emergency department registered nurses

Paediatric surgical module

Four members:

  • 1 x paediatric surgeon
  • 1 x anaesthetist
  • 2 x paediatric theatre nurses

Women’s health module

  • 1 x obstetrician
  • 3 x midwives

Specialist medical module

Two members:

  • 2 x specialist physicians – respiratory/infectious diseases

Plastics/wound care module

Five members:

  • 1 x plastic surgeon
  • 4 x wound care registered nurses

Mental health module

Six members:

  • 1 x psychiatrist
  • 1 x psychologist
  • 4 x mental health registered nurses

Primary care module

Eight members:

  • 4 x primary care doctors
  • 4 x primary care registered nurses

Inpatient care module

Eight members:

  • 8 x registered nurses

Pharmacy module

One member:

  • 1 x pharmacist

Radiology module

One member:

  • 1 x radiographer – plain film and ultrasound

Pathology module

One member:

  • 1 x pathology scientist

Physiotherapy module

One member:

  • 1 x respiratory physiotherapist

Paramedic module

Four members:

  • 4 x paramedics
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