AUSMAT deployed to further support Solomon Islands COVID-19 response

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The Hon Peter Dutton MP

Minister for Defence

Senator the Hon Marise Payne

Minister for Foreign Affairs

Minister for Women

Senator the Hon Zed Seselja

Minister for International Development and the Pacific

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David Wroe (Minister Payne’s office): +61 429 531 143

Nicole Chant (Minister Dutton’s office): +61 0419 850 222

Cassandra Choake (Minister Seselja’s Office): +61 427 839 164

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29 January 2022

Joint Media Release: 

  • Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Marise Payne 
  • Senator the Hon Zed Seselja, Minister for International Development and the Pacific

In response to a request from the Solomon Islands Government, Australia has today deployed an eight person Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT) to support Solomon Islands’ response to the growing COVID-19 outbreak.

The AUSMAT specialists arrived on a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17A aircraft that was also carrying 37,800 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to support the ongoing vaccination efforts of our partners the Solomon Islands Government.

The multi-disciplinary team includes specialists in emergency medicine, infectious disease control, logistics and occupational therapy. The team will work alongside local health authorities and provide Solomon Islands’ Ministry of Health with mentoring and advice on the clinical management of COVID-19 cases, the distribution of critical health supplies and infection prevention and control.

Reports from the team will also help to inform future Australian COVID-19 support in partnership with the Solomon Islands Government.

The AUSMAT deployment is in addition to Australia’s total contribution of 300,800 AstraZeneca vaccine doses, and 19 tonnes of emergency medical supplies, including 100 oxygen concentrators and 11 COVID-19 country kits containing PPE and medical stores that have been delivered by the RAAF since 23 January.

The Australian Government is committed to standing with the people of Solomon Islands as they respond to and recover from COVID-19.

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