Health in Disasters 2010

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    23 September 2010

    Program
    9:30 Welcome
    Greg Eustace, Principal Advisor – Emergency Management, Queensland Health
    9:40 The Summer of 2009: “Visited By Hell And All Its Fury” – Ambulance Victoria’s Response to the Heatwave and Bushfires
    Paul Holman ASM, Operations Manager – Specialist Emergency Response Department, Ambulance Victoria
    10:20 Threat and Resilience: Psychosocial Challenges for Individuals and Organisations – Presentation
    Professor Beverley Raphael, Professor of Population Mental Health and Disasters, Disaster Response and Resilience Research Group, University of Western Sydney and Professor of Psychological Medicine, Australian National University
    11:00 Break
    11:30 A three level training framework for health professionals following the Black Saturday bushfires – Presentation
    David Forbes, PhD, Associate Professor/Deputy Director, Australian Centre for Post Traumatic Mental Health
    12:10 Safeguarding Australians with Nationally Uniform Disaster Legislation –Presentation
    Dr Tony Nocera, Emergency Physician, Dubbo Base Hospital
    12:40 Break
    1:40
    The Safe hospital theory
    Karen Templeton, Manager, Emergency Preparedness and Continuity Management, The Prince Charles Hospital

    The Safe hospital theory – Presentation
    Karen Templeton, Manager, Emergency Preparedness and Continuity Management, The Prince Charles Hospital

    Workshops
    2:10 Challenges in responding to a terrorism eventScenario software utilised is Avalanche TTX™
    Discussion exercise courtesy Harold Wolpert, CEO, Avalias 
    3:00 Break
    3:30 Threat Perception of the Australian public
    4:15 Summary
    Greg Eustace, Principal Advisor – Emergency Management, Queensland Health
    Speakers

    Professor Beverley Raphael, Professor Population Mental Health and Disasters, University of Western Sydney and Professor Psychological Medicine at the Australian National University and Emeritus Professor in Psychiatry from the University of Queensland

    She has been involved in the development of national mental health policy in Australia and is responsible for mental health policy and program development in New South Wales (NSW). She has a long-term involvement and expertise in research and management in the area of trauma, grief and disasters, and more recently response to terrorism and its mental health correlates and consequences. She is an internationally recognised expert in mental health response and disasters. This has included planning for the Sydney Olympics and response to the Bali Bombing. She has lead the development of prevention and public health approaches to mental health and the implications of these for disasters and terrorism and has responsibility for coordinating national mental health responses to these events in Australia. She is chair of the National Working Party for Mental Health aspects for Terrorism and Disaster and is the current chair of the National Mental Health Disaster Taskforce which co-ordinated the National Mental Health response to the South East Asia Tsunami disaster. She is a consultant to WHO and other international groups.

    Paul Holman ASM, Operations Manager- Specialist Emergency Response Department, Ambulance Victoria

    Paul Holman, has a broad and diverse operational background and management experience within the Ambulance industry over 30 years. Operational experience as Paramedic in Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance, Air Ambulance, Helicopter, Communications and Field Management.  Paul is currently the Operations Manager Specialist Emergency Response Department , Ambulance Victoria  and is responsible for all Emergency Management and Planning encompassing CBR response, major incident management, the AV emergency response plan and the development and running of the AV Emergency Operations Centre. The department also is responsible for Mobile Intensive Care services (MICA ) CBR, USAR and Emergency Management Training. Paul is a member of the Australian College of Ambulance Professionals – Victoria and holds a Graduate Diploma in Administration (Health) and was Awarded the Ambulance Service Medal (ASM) in 2007 Recently the department was awarded the Australian American Association (AAA) Curtin and Macarthur leadership award  for the management of the last summers incidents.

    Tony Nocera, Emergency Physician, Dubbo Base Hospital Emergency Department

    Tony Nocera is an emergency physician working in Dubbo Base Hospital Emergency Department and the Brisbane Aero-medical Clinical Co-ordination Centre of Queensland Ambulance. He has a Master of Science (Emergency Planning and Disaster Management) University of Hertfordshire and he is the former chairman of the Disaster Sub-Committee of the Australasian College For Emergency Medicine.

    Associate Professor David Forbes, Deputy Director, Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health

    Associate Professor David Forbes is the Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health. He is a Clinical Psychologist with many years experience in the assessment and treatment of mental health problems following trauma. A/Prof Forbes was Chair of the Working Party for the Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of PTSD, is on the editorial board of the Journal of Traumatic Stress and has published widely in the area of posttraumatic stress in the international literature.

    Greg Eustace, Principal Advisor Emergency Management, Qld Health

    Greg Eustace is the Principal Advisor – Emergency Management, Queensland Health. Greg is responsible for provision of research and policy advice in emergency management health service response coordination, the Department’s emergency management preparedness and response capability, critical health infrastructure protection and continuity planning.

    Greg has had a lifelong involvement in emergency response co-ordination having previously held the position of Principal Advisor Disaster Management for Queensland Transport. Prior to disaster management roles Greg was a long serving ambulance officer. He has been involved with many prevention, planning, response and recovery activities associated with natural and technological disasters and the reception of evacuees.

    Greg has been a member of the State Disaster Co-ordination Group since 1997 and is the Queensland Health representative on the State Community Recovery Committee.

    Karen Templeton, Manager Emergency Preparedness and Continuity Management, The Prince Charles Hospital

    Karen has worked for Queensland Health for over 20 years. She has travelled throughout Queensland to rural and remote hospitals and major cities. Her experience in corporate services, statewide services and individual districts has given her the capability to holistically address security, business continuity and disaster preparedness, including a variety of policy, clinical and operational perspectives.

    Conference aims and topics

    The Conference will identify the challenges and the range of solutions to public health and acute health issues following disasters. Below is a list of potential topics which are suitable for the conference and additional topics are welcomed by the program committee.

    • Communicable diseases in disasters
    • Mental health interventions
    • Disaster Victim Identification
    • Overseas & domestic deployments
    • Chronic population care
    • Disaster health coordination
    • Evacuation health
    • Private health sector response
    • Climate change & health

     

    Suitable presentations

    • Case studies
    • Technology and service updates
    • Research activities