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Issues Paper – Health Arrangements in Natural Disasters

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The Office of the Royal Commission

This paper provides an overview of Australia's health care arrangements and discusses the role of primary care providers, the health effects of bushfire smoke, and whether there is a need for greater research into any particular health effects of natural disasters.

The paper poses six questions on which the Royal Commission invites comment by 26 June 2020. The Commission welcomes submissions from the community, and particularly encourages health care providers, health policy departments and agencies, researchers, emergency coordinators and practitioners to provide their views.

To comment, please visit the online form.

Responses to this paper will inform the Royal Commission's consideration of Australia's health and mental health frameworks and whether any improvements should be made to these frameworks to make Australia more resilient to natural disasters.