Improving global prehospital and emergency medicine, public health, and disaster health care and preparedness


In addition to its webinar series, WADEM launched a podcast series in 2018.

In this podcast, Oceania Chapter Chair Joe Cuthbertson chats with Professor Alison Hutton on mass gathering medicine and harm prevention and the role of the health care worker.

Oceania Chapter Chair, Joe Cuthbertson, interviews Dr. Penny Burns on the role of general practitioners in disasters; how general practice has been engaged in disaster management in Australia, Oceania, and internationally; and her journey researching primary health care in disasters.

Oceania Chapter Chair, Joe Cuthbertson, interviews Dr. Erin Smith from Edith Cowan University about her journey researching the psychosocial impacts of disaster.

Listen to Dr. Erin Smith’s interview with Prof. Frederick “Skip” Burkle and his reflections on the development of emergency public health and his thoughts on the future.

In this podcast, Dr. Jamie Ranse discusses the experiences of nurses who assist in an out-of-hospital environment following a disaster. In particular, he discusses this experience from a relationship perspective, focusing on relationships between colleagues, patients, and the nurses themselves.

Professor Tony Redmond talks about his experiences responding to the earthquake in Armenia 30 years ago in 1988. It is recognized that the scale of the earthquake and the following international response led to a wider recognition of the need for much better coordination of international assistance and a more focused targeting of aid based on identified needs.

In particular, three key UN initiatives were established as a direct result of Armenia: the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination Team (UNDAC), the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG), and the On-site Operations Coordination Centre (OSOCC). These initiatives have led to the progressive development of international coordination that laid the grounds for the current WHO Emergency Medical Teams (EMT) initiative.

Knox Andress from the Louisiana Poison Center describes how Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport physicians responded to medical needs of over 550 Hurricane “Harvey” evacuees, including children and the elderly, at the Jewella Critical Transportation Needs Shelter (CTNS) in Shreveport, Louisiana between 31 August and 6 September 2017.

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