Hospital staff get behind effort

By EMMA CORNFORD

MEDICAL staff from hospitals around the Clarence Valley have volunteered to help the international medical aid effort in tsunami-affected regions of Southern Asia.

The call was put out to all nursing staff and doctors working in the North Coast Area Health Service (NCAHS).

NCAHS community relations manager Robin Osborne said a list of suitable staff would be provided to the Counter Disaster Unit in Sydney.

"Many North Coast nursing staff and doctors, especially those in emergency and acute care settings, have expressed interest in volunteering for the relief effort in the tsunami-affected countries," Mr Osborne said.

He said although exact numbers were not available, there were between 10 and 15 staff in the Clarence who had put their names to the cause.

From the initial list of names, medical teams would be assembled by Emergency Management Australia (EMA) to fly to grief-stricken areas.

"Once they volunteer then the EMA compare what's needed in the field with what skills are available ... and they evaluate it at that end," Mr Osborne said.

"It also has to be evaluated what can be spared here as well."



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