DISASTER RESPONSE GROUP EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Register your interest.

The first step in joining the Backpacker Medics Disaster Response Group is to complete an Expression of Interest form.

Please be aware that joining the Disaster Response Group is not something that is suitable for everybody- nor should it be taken lightly.

The work we do is often hot, uncomfortable, confronting and draining. It requires the highest levels of stamina, resilience, self-assurance, clinical ability (for medics) and adaptability.

 

CLINICAL ROLES

DRG clinical volunteers are paramedics, nurses, midwives, psychologists and doctors, along with other health professionals with a passion for delivering quality healthcare in challenging environments such as natural disasters or humanitarian emergencies.

 

LOGISTICS ROLES

DRG logistics members are multi-skilled people of various backgrounds who undertake the challenge of supporting BPMs main clinical mission, and problem-solving to help the team achieve success.

SUPPORT ROLES

Support roles are for people who want to volunteer their time with Backpacker Medics, but do not meet the attributes of a DRG member (below). 

 

ATTRIBUTES OF A DRG MEMBER

 

EXPERIENCE

  • Work in remote or hostile environments such as police, fire, military service or humanitarian work

  • Teaching others and working with translators

  • Travel experience in developing countries

  • Experience in adaptive environments to improvise and overcome obstacles

 

QUALIFICATIONS

All DRG members require at a minimum:

  • First-Aid qualification

  • Working with Vulnerable People, Police Check or other proof of character

 

Medical Roles require:

  • Tertiary qualification in a healthcare discipline

  • Minimum 2 years senior clinician experience

  • CME in wilderness and austere medicine

 

MENTAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Self motivated with mission focus

  • Ability to work autonomously or in a small team - Good communication skills

  • Mental stamina and self discipline

  • Adaptability, humility and mutual respect

  • Emotional resilience and empathy

  • Humour - good, bad or otherwise

 

PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES

  • High level of general physical fitness

  • Ability to carry weighted packs and stretchers over long distances

  • Ability to work in uncomfortable positions

  • Absence of physical injuries that would limit work capacity

  • Carrying, and living from, a backpack such as an expedition

  • Fieldcraft skills such as navigation, food preparation and personal care

 

OTHER POINTS

  • DRG members are responsible for health checks and vaccinations, both pre-deployment and post-deployment

  • Deployments are typically 14-21 days in duration

  • DRG members cover their own travel costs and insurance to the deployment country, as well as a uniform

  • All in-country operational expenses such as transport, food and accommodation are covered by DRG fundraising

 

Expression of Interest
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Thanks for submitting an Expression of Interest to join DRG. We don't recruit all year however your details have gone into the pool of candidates and we'll review when the next recruitment campaign opens.