The NCCTRC disaster medical research program has three primary themes; maximising the performance of disaster responders in tropical climates, disaster response capability and disaster information management. The NCCTRC collaborates with multiple agencies in an effort to deliver practical improvements in disaster medical response. The NCCTRC is developing a reputation for disaster research that is operationally relevant and applicable to the northern region and to tropical neighbours. The NCCTRC research team is led by Dr Matt Brearley who joined the NCCTRC in 2010.
Dr Matt Brearley
Head of NCCTRC Research team
Dr Brearley was previously Athlete Services Manager at the Northern Territory Institute of Sport, Darwin. Dr Brearley earned a PhD in thermal physiology from Charles Darwin University in 2006 studying responses of athletes competing in the tropics and developing pre-cooling protocols. He was the heat specialist of the Australian team during the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, China, and now maximises the health, safety and performance of emergency responders in tropical conditions.