Public hospital utilisation during the 1997 Arafura Games

O'Grady, Kerry-Ann & Krause, Vicki (1999) Public hospital utilisation during the 1997 Arafura Games. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 23(2), pp. 218-219.

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In view of the upcoming Sydney Olympics and several recent reports describing the experience at the Atlantic Olympics, we report the findings of the only Australian study which, to our knowledge, measured the impact of a large-scale sporting event on a public hospital. The study also provided an avenue for increased surveillance for communicable diseases.

We prospectively assessed the utilisation of the Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) by visiting athletes, officials and spectators during the 1997 Arafura Games, a biannual, seven-day international sporting event which attracts some 4,000 athletes and their supporters from across Australia, South-East Asia and the Pacific.

The RDH Emergency Department (ED) is the only free, 24- hour medical facility in Darwin and no additional staff or resources were provided during the Games period. Official facilities included two privately operated sports medicine clinics for the sole use of athletes with sporting injuries during prescribed hours in the week of competition, and the presence of St John Ambulance at venues...

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ID Code: 64702
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: 207QL--
Times Cited:0--
Cited References Count:7--
Keywords: atlanta olympic games, summer olympics, medical-care, health, experience
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-842X.1999.tb01242.x
ISSN: 1326-0200
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Deposited On: 26 Nov 2013 03:14
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2013 03:14

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