Doctoral thesis

Australian civilian hospital nurses’ lived experience of an out-of-hospital environment following a disaster

Mass Gathering Health / Mass Gathering Medicine

Various publications and presentations relating to Mass Gathering and Major Event health

Disaster Health

Various publications and presentations relating to disaster health

23 February, 2011

Battered Christchurch faces water, health problems

This newspaper article focuses on the health impact for the community following the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake. I was interviewed by Lucy Rickard, reporter from WA Today, a FairFax company. In this interview I discuss the potential differences in injury and illness patterns in comparison to other recent disasters in the region -2011 Queensland floods and 2009 Victorian bushfires. Additionally, I outline the potential mental health issues following disasters, such as post-traumatic growth and post-traumatic stress.

Note: for some reason, this article can not be viewed in IE. However, it works in FireFox.

08 February, 2011

2011 Floods: Radio interview on ABC overnights

Following the devastating Queensland and Victorian floods in early 2011, I undertook a radio interview on the ABC overnights program. This interview focused on the preparedness of the community, specifically in relation to health needs. I discussed the need for people to be ‘health prepared’ and to ensure strategies are in place for individuals, families and communities to care for themselves during a disaster or emergency situation. I highlighted the need for people to have a basic understanding of first aid, a stocked first aid kit, and in particular, for individuals to have an accurate list of medications and previous medical history accessible.

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