It is almost 4:00am on a Friday morning in June, and it is the first time in a while that a group of young women from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Emergency Medicine and Dentistry has returned to their workplace in the city of Newcastle.
Ahead of their first shift of the week, the group of female emergency medicine and dentistry graduates and trainees have been travelling to and from work in a private jet.
A new lookA number of them have returned to work as a team to help care for their patients in the wake of the cyclone.
It is not just women and their male colleagues who are doing their best to keep their patients safe and out of harm’s way.
Women and men are working together to ensure that their patients are cared for, even if they are in the most remote areas of the city.
There are more than 300 emergency and trauma services, from emergency departments to coronavirus response centres, in the Newcastle area.
And while some of the women and men may be from different medical disciplines, they are all working together on the same mission: keeping their patients alive and healthy.
As the sun sets, the jet takes off and the women begin to make their way to their first day at work.
But they are not just the people who are on duty, they also work as part of the same team.
It all began on the evening of June 2, when the cyclones first hit the city and the people of Newcastle, which was one of the most vulnerable areas to the disease.
The team was on the ground when the first waves of the storm hit, and their first priority was to help those affected by the waves.
They immediately went into action to assist those who had suffered from shock and burns.
They helped to wash people’s clothes and disinfecting equipment.
And they started to put the people back together and help them to get to their homes, which were not far away.
It was a team effort, and the group decided to work together in the coming days to help people and the city out of the crisis.
They set up a small operation in a field to help with the clean-up and the recovery of items and people that had been in the sea.
There were no generators, so they built an inflatable boat to go with the boat.
The inflatable was also designed with the intention of being able to carry up to 30 people at a time, which meant the women had to be very careful not to tip over or lose control.
The first few days were tough, but as the days passed and the team became more experienced they were able to get through the week and get back to work.
The women worked on a daily basis, cleaning, cleaning and cleaning again, and they would work late into the night, because there was no electricity or power in the area.
In the wake a cyclone, many of them found themselves back at home, which has led to some tough days of self-reflection.
It’s the women that are now helping the community to help each other to recover from the cyclonic events, because they are there to help the community recover, said Lisa Anderson, one of two female emergency medical students in the team.
The people who have come out to assist us in the aftermath of this cyclonic event are some of our most dedicated, hardworking, and dedicated people.
We have a lot of pride in what we have done and our skills, because we have to do it.
We are really proud to have been here.
The work of these women and the many others that have volunteered to do their part in the recovery effort are truly incredible.
They are the backbone of the community.
They keep our community safe.
They have a very positive spirit and they are really supportive of what we do.
I really feel very fortunate to have had this opportunity.
It’s a privilege and an honour to have this role, said Ms Anderson.
I can’t believe it.
I can’t imagine what it would be like to have worked as a part of this team.
We had a really good start, she said.
But in the last few days, it has been a little bit tough.
As they are returning to work, they have been reminded of how fortunate they are to be working in the first place.
A young woman in her 20s is sharing a smile with a group, while others are wearing bright orange hats.
One young woman said she is excited to return to work because she has been so worried about how to deal with the storm and how to survive in the event of another cyclone of this size.
She said: I am not going to let this go.
I want to work hard, but I want my patients to be safe, and I want them to have the best possible recovery.
She added: I know we are all going to have to put in a lot more time and energy, but this