Disasters happen: Practice implications and issues

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Key note speach presented at the 4th Passionate about Practice Conference, Brisbane, Queensland, 8th August.

Text of Disasters happen: Practice implications and issues

  • 1. DISASTERS HAPPEN:PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS AND ISSUESJamie Ranse Assistant Professor University of Canberra jamieranse.com twitter.com/jamieranse youtube.com/jamieranse linkedin.com/in/jamieranse

2. disasters happen What is a disaster? Are you willing to participate?Are you able to participate? What education have you received? Are you well resourced? What would your role be? What other things should you think about? What is the reality of working in a disaster? 3. what is a disaster? 4. what is a disaster?

  • Cyclone Tracy, 1974
  • Granville train crash and bridge collapse, 1977
  • Ash Wednesday, 1983
  • Newcastle earthquake, 1989
  • Canberra bushfires, 2003
  • Black Saturday and Victorian bushfires, 2009
  • Pandemic (H1N1), 2009
  • Queensland and Victorian extreme weather events, 2011

5. what is a disaster?

  • SARS outbreak, 2003
  • Indian Ocean tsunami, 2004
  • Bali bombings, 2005
  • Java earthquake, 2006
  • Yogyakarta air crash, 2007
  • SIEV explosion Ashmore Reef, 2009
  • Pacific tsunami, 2009
  • Pakistan floods, 2010
  • SIEV sinking Christmas Island, 2010
  • Christchurch Earthquake, 2011

6. are you willing to participate? 7. are you able to participate? 8. what education have you received?

  • Undergraduate
  • In-service
  • Post-graduate
  • Others

9. are you well resourced?

  • Delayed versus non-delayed disasters
  • Disasters happen out of hours
  • Pack the car full
  • Defence

10. what would your role be?

  • Clinical care
  • Emotional supporter
  • Coordinator of care
  • Problem solver

11. what other things should you think about?

  • Volunteering
    • Disaster tourists
    • Government / registered NGO?
    • Your employer
    • A list?
    • Response versus recovery
  • Donations

12. conclusions

  • What is a disaster?
  • Important to have an understanding of the factors that may influence willingness
  • Willing, but not able
  • Education should mimic the realities of disasters and be consistent
  • Well resourced, supported by an organisation
  • Know what to expect in your role
  • Consider other things

13. DISASTERS HAPPEN:PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS AND ISSUESJamie Ranse Assistant Professor University of Canberra jamieranse.com twitter.com/jamieranse youtube.com/jamieranse linkedin.com/in/jamieranse