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How Can GPs Best Prepare For – and Respond to – Disasters?

Australia is a land of fires, floods, cyclones and drought. GPs also remain on the frontlines of a disaster well after the event itself has taken place. ‘After a disaster is when GPs come to the fore, when the community is still recovering but everyone else has left,’ Dr Burns said. Many disasters have a

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New resilience strategy highlights the disasters that could bring Sydney to a shuddering halt

Australia’s largest metropolis has simply been “lucky” to avoid a city stopping disaster, a group of resilience experts have said. But Sydney’s luck could be about to run out, and if the city isn’t felled by extreme heatwaves and terror attacks, more insidious creeping catastrophes such as housing affordability and chronic illness could do it

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Do you have ideas on how we respond to disasters?

Via MyPolice Rockhampton In times of disaster it can be difficult for government staff to access and assess areas that are hardest hit by a disaster, as basic infrastructure including roads, communication, electricity and water are often severely damaged. Disaster coordination centres and senior staff require real time data to assist, across multiple systems and

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Are we prepared for the deliberate use of chemical and biological materials in Australia?

By Dr Rebecca Hoile, Torrens Resilience Institute, World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre, Flinders University Effective response for an all-hazard emergency is underpinned by proper preparedness measures. Yet are we prepared for the deliberate use of chemical and biological materials? A deliberate event involving toxic and pathogenic agents fundamentally transforms the context in which public health,

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Floods don’t occur randomly, so why do we still plan as if they do?

Most major floods in South East Queensland arrive in five-year bursts, once every 40 years or so, according to our new research. Yet flood estimation, protection and management approaches are still designed on the basis that flood risk stays the same all the time – despite clear evidence that it doesn’t. We analysed historical flooding data from ten

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Australian Defence Force to assist Commonwealth Games security operation

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) will assist Gold Coast authorities in ensuring the security of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The ADF, who are responsible for Australia’s army, navy and air force, will deploy 1,000 personnel to help with the effort. Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force will also assist the Queensland Police Service (QPS),

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Could You Be A Disaster and Emergency Management Presenter?

Attracting emergency and disaster management practitioners from Australia and New Zealand and further afield, the 2018 Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference continues to grow in both size and reputation, and has evolved into the premium event of its type. Abstract submissions are now open, and we’re looking for talented, inspirational and engaging

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Australia’s ‘Deadliest Natural Hazard’: What’s Your Heatwave Plan?

Heatwaves are Australia’s deadliest natural hazard, but a recent survey has found that many vulnerable people do not have plans to cope with extreme heat. Working with the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre and the Bureau of Meteorology, my colleagues and I surveyed 250 residents and 60 business managers in Western Sydney and the NSW North

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Wujal Wujal’s New Wifi Brings Vital Communication Link During Wild Weather

In cyclone-prone far north Queensland, a new community-wide wifi network has been installed in the state’s smallest shire in a bid to solve problems during severe storms that often leave the town of Wujal Wujal completely isolated. Wujal Wujal on Cape York Peninsula suffers major challenges during heavy rain, with all roads out of town

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