Backpacker Medics: Disaster Response Group

By Backpacker Medics Inc.

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Current DRG Operation:

On 28 September 2018 a 7.4 M earthquake struck Palu and Donggala, Central Sulawesi.

This was followed by a tsunami that struck the west coast of Sulawesi, impacting Talise beach in Palu City and the beach in Donggala: 

• 50,000 people displaced 

• More than 1,400 people killed 

• 600 people with major injuries 

• Disaster victims requiring humanitarian assistance 

Previous DRG Operations:

2017 - Bangladesh Rohingya crisis

2015 - Nepal earthquake

Who we are:

The Australian Disaster Response Group (DRG) is a part of Backpacker Medics; a self-sufficient, highly mobile team that deploys to disaster areas worldwide. So as not to place any further burden on local populations or infrastructure, DRG deploys with its own rations, shelter, and water purification capabilities. DRG is always prepared to trek far into the most remote and isolated pockets of a disaster zone to seek out, and provide medical assistance to, areas of the worst human suffering imaginable. DRG has saved many lives with its unique approach and needs your financial help to continue.

How you can help us:

The BPM Disaster Response Group is a volunteer organisation that receives no direct financial support other than the contributed funds from deploying team members and through donations from fundraising. We have zero administration fees so 100% of your donation goes directly to supporting the team through supplies and logistics for their operation. Any contribution, large or small, would be greatly appreciated to help assist us in our work. Please help our team bring some relief to those experiencing such unbelievable suffering. Backpacker Medics is a registered charity, a deductible gift recipient and donations over two dollars are tax deductible.

To see more about BPM and the work that we do,  please visit our webpage: or these media stories featuring DRG:

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Team Members

Andrew Strunk

Andrew Clark

Brad Stewart

Denny-Lyn Dixon

Nathan Burns