Natural disaster: readiness and recovery

Sandy Creek Road, Kilcoy QLD

This section of the College website is dedicated to helping you minimise the impact of crises and natural disasters.  It should help you and your community, in part, towards a speedy recovery so you can return to normal practice functions in the aftermath of a disaster. Because we are part of a network of rural medical collaborators who can work to establish channels, you will always have the most up to date resources and information during your and your community's time of need.

In the event of an emergency, the College will maintain regular contact with its members and Fellows via email and SMS.

Information, alerts, warnings

ABC Local Radio: Includes links to local radio frequencies, local flood maps, emergency services and support services.

Dr Bruce Chater, Theodore QLD

Weather and flood warnings (Bureau of Meteorology): Severe weather warnings, flood warnings and water level projections, etc.

Text alerts: You can sign up for free early warning messages, which are delivered as text to your mobile phone.

ACRRM services

PDP: end of triennium compliance documents

Any members who are concerned regarding their PDP compliance status, please contact the PDP team for assistance on 1800 223 226 or contact us.

Essential services

State Emergency Service (SES)

SES phone (all states):  132 500

SES websites:
By State By State

New South Wales



Western Australia

South Australia



Northern Territory

Support services

Dr George Somers after Aceh tsunami

Lifeline Australia13 11 14

Kids Help Line1800 55 1800

Beyond Blue1300 22 46 36

Bush Support Line1800 805 391 (for rural doctors and other health workers)

Financial assistance (inside Australia)

Queensland Government (individuals and families)

Victoria Government (individuals, families, business)

Dr David Poland's practice, Queanbeyan NSW

NSW Government (Rural Assistance Authority)

Australian Government (for business)

Prepare your people and premises

Brindabella Family Practice in Queanbeyan, NSW, was flooded on 10 December 2010. ACRRM Fellow, Dr David Poland, said that he and his team had 20 minutes to move vital records and equipment to the upper floor. Their flood preparation and recovery plan had the practice up and running again within 90 hours. Dr Poland has given ACRRM permission to publish a copy of the Brindabella Family Practice’s very detailed flood preparation and recovery plan.