People in Disasters 2016

Conference: People in Disasters 2016

24-26 February 2016
Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Christchurch, New Zealand

Organisers: Canterbury District Health Board and the ‘Researching the Health Implications of Seismic Events’ (RHISE) group.

Conference Themes cover:

1. Immediate Response

  • Who responds and why?
  • Preparation and management of responders, volunteers
  • Personal, professional and community impact- including children, elderly, and disabled
  • Impacts on emergency service responders – including health
  • Impacts on volunteers
  • Living through and responding to a disaster
  • Communication and public awareness
  • The role of social media
  • Policy planning and prevention

2. Early Recovery

  • Managing the built environment
  • Prioritisation of response and recovery
  • The role of health systems –primary care, mental health services
  • Providing essential services
  • Living through recovery from a disaster- including children, elderly, and disabled
  • Communication and public awareness
  • Community resilience and recovery
  • Policies and planning

3. Recovery over the long haul

  • Vulnerable populations
  • Physical and psychological recovery of casualties
  • Psychosocial understandings – including children, elderly, and disabled
  • Maintaining and recreating memories
  • Documenting personal experiences
  • The role of animals
  • Community resilience and recovery
  • Living through the rebuild of a town/city
  • Psychological effects /long-term exhaustion of responders – care and recovery
  • Policy and planning for care of responders
  • Economic impacts of disasters on people
  • Post-traumatic growth – including new perspectives

4. Resilience

  • International models and strategies for building resilience in people
  • Measurement and evaluation of resilience in communities and individuals
  • Why resilience is a new paradigm and not the corollary of risk management or ulnerability
  • Partnerships for resilience
  • Organisational resilience versus business continuity
  • Post-traumatic growth – including new perspectives
  • Communication and public awareness
  • Preparation and management of responders, volunteers

The full programme with timings etc., is available here. Registration is required: early registration discount is available until November 29th. View the full conference website here.