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