Australia boosts COVID-19 assistance

According to the Australian High Commission in PNG, the 20 member Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT) will provide expert support to Papua New Guinea’s National Control Centre for COVID-19 to help establish safe and effective systems to support the management of severe and critical cases.

The team, which includes clinical specialists, will operate primarily from Port Moresby General Hospital, to address health workforce shortages and system gaps.


Second AUSMAT team to be deployed to PNG

This second larger team of up to 19 medical and public health specialists will expand Australia’s assistance to PNG in the battle against COVID-19.

They will deploy over an eight week period in September and October, working to strengthen PNG’s health system to help it continue to provide vital health services in a COVID-19 context.

As with the initial team, the second team will follow PNG’s quarantine requirements.