Renal services disaster planning: lessons learnt from the 2011 Queensland floods and North Queensland cyclone experiences

Nephrology (Carlton). 2013 Jan;18(1):41-6. doi: 10.1111/nep.12008.


In 2011, Queensland dialysis services experienced two unprecedented natural disasters within weeks of each other. Floods in south-east Queensland and Tropical Cyclone Yasi in North Queensland caused widespread flooding, property damage and affected the provision of dialysis services, leading to Australia's largest evacuation of dialysis patients. This paper details the responses to the disasters and examines what worked and what lessons were learnt. Recommendations are made for dialysis units in relation to disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

MeSH terms

  • Cyclonic Storms*
  • Disaster Planning / organization & administration*
  • Floods*
  • Humans
  • Queensland
  • Renal Dialysis*