Govt sends medical team to the Philippines

Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton announced on Tuesday the team would comprise medical professionals from Darwin, Queensland, South Australia and NSW.

It follows an emergency meeting yesterday of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee attended by all state and territory health authorities.

The team would take medical equipment and supplies with the capacity to treat up to 4000 patients over a two-week period in a temporary 50-bed hospital, Mr Dutton said.

The team comprises eight doctors, 15 nurses, four paramedics, an environmental health officer, pharmacist and radiographer and members of the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service.

They will also take equipment such as a 50-bed deployable hospital, x-ray and operating equipment.