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Darwin Comes to Bali's Rescue Again

Bali Emergency Response Nurses Undergo Training at the Royal Darwin Hospital.

(5/14/2011) Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) is currently training 8 emergency nurses from Bali in trauma response at the RDH National Trauma Center.

The two-month training in the handling and management of emergency medical cases is in intended to improve the level of critical care available in Bali to both Indonesians and visiting Australians and other tourists.

This uptake of nurses for training is part of a continuing program in nurse training scheduled over the coming five years.

Insisting the training for the Indonesian nurses was critical, the RDH Chairman, Colin McDonald said: "It is important not just in terms of being good neighbors but in terms of being able to respond and respond appropriately, and quickly and efficiently to disasters overseas," he said.

The 363-bed Royal Darwin Hospital is the largest teaching hospital in the Northern Territory and is recognized as Australia's National Critical Care and Trauma Response Center.

The hospital's connection to the island of Bali is intensive, having won international awards for the role it played in the 2002 and 2005 bombings of Bali. The hospital treated 61 patients following the 2002 bombing and 20 victims of the 2005 terrorist attack.