The composition of a NZMAT team is based on range of skill sets relevant to each type of deployment. Deployments require experienced personnel who are well trained in NZMAT processes prior to the deployment.
If you wish to volunteer with NZMAT, please express your interest by completing the Registraion of Interest Form.
Prior to a Team Member course, applications are reviewed based on clinical skill, level and experience of the applicant to determine suitability for further training and possible deployment as part of NZMAT.
Please ensure you include all relevant information when you submit your Registration of Interest Form so an informed decision about your application can be made.
You will be contacted by the NZMAT Programme Manager to advise if further information is require or you have been accepted to participate on a Team Member course.
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During a deployment CM Health will provide the operational base support for NZMAT in liaison with the Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Health will coordinate the overall national health response and liaise with DHBs and the lead New Zealand government agency (i.e., the National Emergency Management Agency or MFAT) as required.
During a domestic emergency event NZMAT will not replace the wide-ranging support from the health sector to the affected DHB. NZMAT may be deployed as part of this wider support and this will be coordinated within existing emergency management structures.
NZMAT personnel deployed in response to a disaster will have numerous skills, and will be able and willing to work in a variety of settings including in the community or in existing or temporary health facilities. The composition of the team may change over the period of the deployment to meet the changing demands of the situation.
Most NZMAT deployments will depart from Auckland where team personnel will be briefed and issued appropriate uniform and personal equipment.
The Ministry of Health will decide whether an NZMAT should be deployed or put on standby in any situation. Potential team personnel will be selected from a database of trained personnel, based on the identified skills and mission requirements.
Trained personnel may be needed at any time, day or night, so will be required to provide 24/7 contact details. It is the responsibility of NZMAT personnel to keep their information on NZMAT’s personnel database (D4H) up-to-date and with the NZMAT Programme Manager.
On average, NZMAT personnel receive 1 – 7 days warning of a deployment. However, in extreme circumstance, there may be only 4 – 8 hours.
As the situation may change rapidly and other international emergency medical teams may be deployed into the affected area, last minute changes may be made to the team make-up. NZMAT personnel must therefore be prepared to be flexible, and to wait for new instructions if required.
If the Ministry believes a situation may require health support from outside the affected area, an NZMAT response may be put on stand-by as a contingency in advance of any formal requests from the affected area.
Note: NZMAT does not deploy unless a formal request for medical assistance has been received by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Every disaster or emergency is different and many factors affect the conditions that you may face during a deployment.
Hours can be long and assignments are sometimes physically and emotionally challenging. Duty hours can be 12- or 16-hour shifts. Normal and ample accommodations may be available on some deployments but on others accommodations may be more austere.
Flexibility and personal preparedness are the key element to success as a deployed NZMAT personnel.
Prior to departure personnel will be issued with a NZMAT ID badge and uniform. NZMAT personnel are required to wear their issued identification items and ID badge whenever engaging in an NZMAT deployment. Loss of these items on deployment is to be reported immediately to the Mission Lead / Team Lead. NZMAT personnel will not be allowed at a disaster/emergency site without proper identification.