Backpacker Medics (BPM) is a platform for Paramedics and other pre-hospital workers to engage with the world of humanitarian work.

Our goal is simple: to take effective medical care to those who need it most.

We are a wholly volunteer and donation-based project which endeavours to provide paramedical services in the truest sense: by working “beside” existing organisations and authorities to deliver mobile pre-hospital healthcare and community education.

Since our inception, we have chosen to work closely with individual communities to develop functional and sustainable health and education systems and form quick-response, highly-mobile humanitarian relief teams. We truly believe this model of interaction allows for the most effective and rewarding outcomes.

BPM was founded in late 2011 and worked exclusively in Nepal up until October 2017 when the Moonlight Community Healthcare Centre (funded, built and facilitated by BPM!), was handed over to the local community and health authorities.

The focus of BPM is now to provide short-term, dynamic humanitarian relief if-and-when such events unfold. This operation model sprung from our response to the 2015 Nepal Earthquake where we realised that our specialised personnel, skill-set and mobility filled a gap in the humanitarian setting (namely: we are able to respond within hours and work unsupported for many days).


Members are selected from the regular volunteer program.

Following the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in 2015, the core members of BPM who made up the Earthquake Relief Team decided that (as an organisation) we needed to be better prepared for future disasters around the globe.

And so, the Australian Disaster Response Group was established.

The Australian Disaster Response Group is comprised of a select group of highly-trained individuals- all with large amounts of travel and outdoor experience and extensive clinical and operational backgrounds.

It is a rotating, dynamic and fluid team of personnel who maintain a readiness for deployment at all times.

The Mission of the Australian Disaster Response Group is to provide post-disaster medical care to remote regions of the world in a timely and self-sustainable fashion.

The aims of the Australian Disaster Response Group are to provide medical aid in areas of the world that do not otherwise have the capability to mobilise aid in remote regions. Including (but not limited to), mountainous, arduous and potentially dangerous terrain.

The values of the Australian Disaster Response Group dictate that each individual team member brings certain values and attributes that contribute to the overall success of the group’s operation. These include:

  • Self Reliance – The ability to look after yourself and those around you.

  • Self Motivation – The thought process that leads to affirmative action without the need for constant direction.

  • Physical and Mental toughness – An ability to endure hard living and working conditions.

  • Adaptability – The ability to adapt, and innovate in rapidly changing environments and situations.

  • Integrity – To apply sound moral principles in all areas and aspects of practice.

  • Team Work – Ability to operate effectively in a dynamic and demanding small team environment.