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Special Report Issue 4 - Are we ready? Healthcare preparedness for catastrophic terrorism

By Anthony Bergin and Raspal Khosa

In this report the authors suggest that while positive steps have been taken in recent years, there are deficiencies in our healthcare system for mass casualty care. It suggests that further steps need to be taken to meet our healthcare preparedness, response and recovery goals for mass casualty incidents.

While recognising that some hospital resource issues would need a response by the States, there are significant steps that can and should be taken by the Australian Government.