I will travel to Darwin on 6 and 7 October to meet with organisations on the front line of Australia's efforts to assist countries in the Indo-Pacific region prepare for and respond to natural disasters.

Australia's humanitarian assistance helps to save lives and alleviate suffering in the aftermath of natural disasters and humanitarian crises and makes an important contribution to regional security.  

Within 48 hours of a disaster, Australia can deliver emergency relief supplies, deploy response teams and fund partner organisations to provide life-saving assistance.

In Darwin I will meet with the Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT), which includes top medical specialists from across Australia's states and territories.  AUSMAT has provided immediate care for thousands of people after regional crises, including Cyclone Winston in Fiji earlier this year and Typhoon Haiyan which devastated the Philippines in 2013.

I will visit the National Critical Care Trauma Response Centre which is strengthening medical preparedness and response capacity across the Indo-Pacific region and see the vital health assistance provided to the region by the Royal Darwin Hospital and Menzies School of Health Research.

I will also view the Bureau of Meteorology's critical work to track cyclones and other weather events in the region which helps Australia and neighbouring countries prepare for and respond to natural disasters.

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