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Become a GP Volunteer

Our region is prone to a variety of disasters and emergencies which at time force residents to evacuate their homes to designated evacuation centres. We maintain a register of GPs willing to assist in a disaster or emergency situation. These GPs would be contacted in the event of a disaster to provide medical assistance at a designated emergency evacuation centre. 

In all disaster situations, it is acknowledged that GPs are often members of the same community and can therefore be impacted at a personal level by the disaster. Expressed availability is therefore voluntary and continually assessed throughout the disaster/emergency situation.

The GP would medically assess people attending an evacuation location, on an as-needs basis, and may provide:

  • Prescriptions for medications
  • Basic first aid as needed
  • Psychological first aid
  • Referral to a GP practice or the nearest Hospital Emergency Department
  • Referral of patients to other responders on site
  • Brief written event summary of patients treated

What is provided?

  • Pre-Emergency Information and training opportunities
  • A high-visibility tabard (vest) with ‘Doctor’ emblazoned on the back
  • Resource Kit with basic clinical supplies at each evacuation centre.  It is expected that GPs bring their own doctors bag including stethoscope and script pad
  • Debriefing session at an appropriate time following the incident

I’m interested in volunteering, what next?

  1. Complete the online form below.
  2. You will receive a Pre-Emergency Information Pack with the resources you need.
  3. In the event of a disaster, you may be contacted by the PHN to fill shifts at Emergency Evacuation Centre/s.
  4. Once at the Emergency Evacuation Centre, further direction will be provided.

For questions, contact our Disaster and Emergency Coordinator via email or call 4708 8100.

Your home address will help us to identify volunteer proximity to disaster situations
The information submitted in this form will be used for the purpose of coordinating a local disaster volunteer group and will be stored in accordance with our Privacy Policy.