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Pandemic quarantine facility guide 

The health model of quarantine care presents a series of guides and resources freely available for use in the development of quarantine and isolation facilities.

Quarantine facility model

Primary care approach during a global pandemic

The following presents a series of resources based on the quarantine facility model of the Centre for National Resilience at Howard Springs Quarantine Centre (CNR), Northern Territory.

Recognised as the gold star of quarantine services in Australia, the site hosted over 30, 000 residents with no record of disease transmission into the community. Points of difference for CNR were the involvement of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre, a team with lived experience of working with communicable disease transmission in communities and the health model of care approach. With the facility led by health professionals, it functioned with an underpinning primary health care approach.

Planning and operation of quarantine facilities beyond the COVID-19 pandemic

Open access resource for all

The pandemic was a once in a lifetime health emergency event that occupied our lives for more than two years and required rapid development of new systems and ways of working across the health system. There was rapid innovation and adaptation of facilities to accommodate quarantine, isolation, and clinical management requirements for COVID-19.

Darwin, Northern Territory, is home to the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre, and they were tasked with coordinating AUSMAT teams to safely evacuate Australians trapped by the lock down in Wuhan, China in February 2020.

The evacuated Australians needed to be quarantined for two weeks and once Christmas Island proved too remote for this activity, the Howard Springs workers accommodation village in Darwin was quickly adapted to meet this need. The village became the Howard Springs Quarantine Facility and later the Centre for National Resilience as the model of quarantine care was adapted to meet evolving needs of the local, national, and international arrivals and many important lessons were learned during this time…

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Professor Dianne Stephens (OAM), NCCTRC Academic Partnerships Lead and Foundation Dean, CDU Menzies School of Medicine

Pandemic quarantine facility guide  in sections

Acknowledgement of Country

Charles Darwin University and the Pandemic Quarantine Facility Guide research team acknowledges and respects the many Australian First Nations traditional custodians of the lands upon which our campuses and centres are located. This extends to the land upon which the Manigurr-ma Village has been established, titled after the Larrakia name for the Stringybark tree, and where the Centre For National Resilience, Howard Springs Quarantine Facility is located.