PACMAT Emergency Response
The Pasifika Medical Association Medical Assistance Team (PACMAT) is a multidisciplinary team of Pacific medical professionals ready and able to assist international medical institutions in the event of a sudden onset disaster or disease outbreak.
Our medical professionals are highly skilled and experienced in providing support in emergency response situations in the Pacific.

Our team of medical professionals includes experts from a range of disciplines: emergency medicine, primary care, paediatrics, surgery, anaesthetics, public health, and mental health.

What Does PACMAT Do?

PACMAT members are focused on providing additional human resources (a surge workforce) to support a local health system in the event of SOD or disease outbreak.  

The key focus areas for PACMAT include primary health care clinicians, and mental health clinicians providing psychosocial support.  PACMAT will respond to request for assistance from within New Zealand and from the following Pacific Island countries: Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.

Previous PACMAT Deployments

PACMAT have been deployed on multiple emergency response missions, including:

  • 2009 Samoa Tsunami

  • 2011 Christchurch earthquake

  • 2015 Cyclone Pam Vanuatu

  • 2016 Cyclone Winston Fiji

  • 2017 Francie Boat Sinking, Katikati Car Crash, Gisborne Bus Crash, New Zealand

  • 2018 Cyclone Gita Tonga

  • 2019 Measles Samoa

  • 2022 Tonga Volcanic Eruption

  • 2022 Niue COVID -19 Deployment

  • 2023 Hawke's Bay Cyclone Gabrielle

  • 2023 Cyclone Judy and Cyclone Kevin Vanuatu

PMA has led training for the NZ Fire Service in Cultural responses in Humanitarian settings, and delivered sessions as part of NZMAT training. PMA has facilitated the training through AUSMAT and NZMAT of over 60 clinical, allied health and logistical staff from NZ and the region.

Media and Communications

Check out our recent videos and photos from deployments to Vanuatu and the Hawke's Bay in 2023:

Cyclone Kevin & Cyclone Judy | Vanuatu 2023

Cyclone Gabrielle | Hawke's Bay 2023