2nd Edition

Disaster Health Management A Primer for Students and Practitioners

    428 Pages 91 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    428 Pages 91 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The second edition of this leading textbook provides the definitive guide to disaster health management. From the key concepts, principles and terminology, to systems for mitigation, planning, response and recovery, it gives readers a comprehensive overview of every aspect of this emerging field.

    Split into eight parts, the book begins by drawing the parameters of disaster health management before outlining key elements such as communication, community engagement and legal issues. It then moves on to discuss preparing for potential disasters, managing and mitigating their impact, and then recovering in the aftermath. Offering key insights into evaluation, leadership and the psychosocial aspects of disaster health management, the new edition also features a range of international case studies, including those outlining the management of COVID-19.

    It is essential reading for both students and practitioners engaging in this important work.

    Part 1 – The Conceptual Basis of Disaster Management

    Chapter 1       Definitions and Terminology

    Lidia Mayner and Erin Smith

    Chapter 2       Disaster Trends and Impact

    Benjamin Ryan and Richard Franklin       

    Chapter 3       Concepts and Principles

    Nahuel Arenas-García and Vicenzo Bolletino


    Part 2 – Key Elements of Disaster Management

    Chapter 4       Disaster Management Frameworks

    Jonathon Abrahams, Helen Foster and Graeme McColl

    Chapter 5       Risk and its management

    Mike Tarrant and Carl Gibson

    Chapter 6       Business Continuity Management (BCM)

    David Parsons

    Chapter 7       Risk and Crisis Communication During Health Disasters

    Amisha Mehta, Ingrid Larkin, Bob Jensen and Robina Xavier

    Chapter 8       Community Engagement

    Ghasem-Sam Toloo, Marie Fredriksen and Stacey Pizzino

    Chapter 9       Legal and Ethical Aspects of Disaster Management

    Fiona McDonald, Michael Eburn and Erin Smith


    Part 3 – Healthcare Considerations

    Chapter 10     Health System Impacts and Responses to Disasters

    Andrew Johnson, Gerry FitzGerald, Penelope Burns, Stacey Pizzino an Colin Myers

    Chapter 11     Physical Health Impacts of Disasters

    Penelope Burns, Colin Myers, Joris Yzermans and Michel Dückers

    Chapter 12     Psychosocial Impacts of Disasters

    Jane Shakespeare-Finch and Paul Scully 


    Part 4 – Getting Ready

    Chapter 13     Prevention and Mitigation

    Gerard FitzGerald, Benjamin Ryan, Richard Franklin and Stacey Pizzino

    Chapter 14     Planning

    Rosemary Hegner

    Chapter 15     Preparedness

    Benjamin Ryan


    Part 5 – Incident Management and Response

    Chapter 16     Principles of Incident Management

    Gerry Fitzgerald, Jonathan Abrahams and Stacey Pizzino

    Chapter 17     Incident Management Practice

    Marie Fredriksen, Gerry FitzGerald and Colin Myers

    Chapter 18     External Assistance in Disasters

    Peter Aitken, Gerard FitzGerald, Colin Myers and Stacey Pizzino


    Part 6 – Recovering

    Chapter 19     Community Recovery

    Bob Lonne and Rose Henderson

    Chapter 20     Recovery of Physical and Social Infrastructure: Rebuilding a Stronger Community

    Marie Fredriksen, Gerry FitzGerald, Mike Tarrant, Colin Myers and Stacey Pizzino


    Part 7 – Unique Challenges of Particular Disasters

    Chapter 21     Natural Disasters

    Weiwei Du and Penelope Burns

    Chapter 22     Manmade (Technological) Disasters

    Carissa Oh, Stefan Mazur and Peter Logan

    Chapter 23     Conflict, Terrorism and CBRNE

    David Heslop and Sarah Hockaday

    Chapter 24     Pandemics

    Penelope Burns, Graham Dodd, Angela Hamilton and Michael Kidd

    Chapter 25     Complex Humanitarian Emergencies

    Nahuel Arenas-García


    Part 8 – Strategic Considerations

    Chapter 26     Leadership

    Colin Myers and Liz Rushbrook

    Chapter 27     Evaluation and Lessons Management

    Colin Myers and Diane Bretherton

    Chapter 28     Education, Training and Research

    Gerry FitzGerald, Vivienne Tippett and Stacey Pizzino

    Chapter 29     Future Challenges

    Gerry FitzGerald, Mike Tarrant, Peter Aitken, Marie Fredriksen, Penelope Burns, Stacey Pizzino  and Benjamin Ryan


    Gerard FitzGerald retired in July 2019 as Professor of Public Health at QUT and discipline Leader of Health Management and Disaster Management.

    Stacey Pizzino is a humanitarian epidemiologist and global health expert focused on strengthening the evidence base for vulnerable populations impacted by disasters, armed conflict and complex humanitarian emergencies.

    Penelope Burns is a General Practitioner, and a local Disaster Manager with appointments at the Australian National University and Western Sydney University.

    Colin Myers has recently retired from a career in Emergency, Retrieval and Disaster Medicine and holds current appointments as adjunct Associate Professor in the Public Health Faculty at Queensland University of Technology and as Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, James Cook University.

    Michael Tarrent holds an adjunct appointment Associate Professor in the Public Health Faculty at Queensland University of Technology.

    Ben Ryan is a Professor in the Thomas F. Frist, Jr. College of Medicine at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America.

    Marie Fredriksen is a senior Paramedic with the Queensland Ambulance Service and a guest lecturer in Disaster Management at QUT.

    Peter Aitken is Executive Director, Disaster Management Branch, Queensland Health.