1st Edition

Disaster Health Management A Primer for Students and Practitioners

    380 Pages 70 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    380 Pages 70 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Disaster health is an emerging field that focuses on developing prevention, preparation, response and recovery systems for dealing with health problems that result from a disaster. As disasters worldwide differ in their nature, scope and cultural context, a thorough understanding of the fundamental tenets of sound disaster health management is essential for both students and practitioners to participate confidently and effectively in the field.

    Disaster Health Management is the first comprehensive textbook to provide a standard guide to terminology and management systems across the entire spectrum of disaster health. Authored by experienced educators, researchers and practitioners in disaster health management, this textbook provides an authoritative overview of:

    • The conceptual basis for disaster management
    • Systems and structures for disaster management
    • Managing disasters through the continuum of preparedness, response and recovery
    • The variations associated with both natural and technological disasters
    • The strategic considerations associated with leadership, research, education and future directions.

    Using Australasian systems and structures as examples of generic principles which will find application globally, Disaster Health Management is an essential text for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as for professionals involved in all aspects of disaster management.

    Part A: The Conceptual Basis of Disaster Management

    1. Definitions and Terminology (Lidia Mayner and Erin Smith)

    2. Disaster Trends and Impact (Ben Ryan and Richard Franklin)

    3. Concepts and Principles (Brett Aimers and Linda Winn)

    Part B: Key Elements of Disaster Management

    4. Disaster Management Systems (Peter Channells and Graeme McColl)

    5. Legal and Ethical Aspects of Disaster Management (Fiona McDonald, Michael Eburn and Erin Smith)

    6. Risk and its Management (Michael Tarrant and Carl Gibson)

    7. Business Continuity Management (BCM) (David Parsons and Peter Brouggy)

    8. Risk and Crisis Communication During Health Disasters (Amisha Mehta, Bob Jensen, Ingrid Larkin and Robina Xavier)

    9. Community Engagement (Ghasem-Sam Toloo and Marie Fredriksen)

    Part C: Healthcare Considerations

    10. The Healthcare System and Disaster Management (Charles Blanch, Gerard O’Reilly and Natasha Murray)

    11. Healthcare Considerations in Disasters (Andrew Johnson, Michael Aitken and Peter A. Leggat)

    Part D: Getting Ready

    12. Prevention and Mitigation (Gerard FitzGerald)

    13. Planning (Mark Cannadine and Rosemary Hegner)

    14. Preparedness (Julian Meagher and Rosemary Steinhardt)

    Part E: Incident Management

    15. Incident Assessment and Evaluation (Gerard FitzGerald)

    16. Incident Management (Marie Fredriksen, Justin Dunlop and Andrew Pearce)

    17. External Assistance in Disasters (Charles Blanch, Ian Norton and Bronte Martin)

    Part F: Recovering

    18. Community Recovery (Robert Lonne, Graeme McColl and Greg Marston)

    19. Psychosocial Aspects of Disasters (Jane Shakespeare-Finch and Paul Scully)

    Part G: Unique Challenges of Particular Disasters

    20. Natural Disasters (Weiwei Du, Mark Little and Angie Jackson)

    21. Manmade Disasters (Carissa Oh, Stefan Mazur and Peter Logan)

    22. Complex Events (Penny Burns, Brett Sutton and Peter A. Leggat)

    Part H: Strategic Considerations

    23. Leadership (Peter Channels, Dudley McArdle and Bob Jensen)

    24. Evaluation and Learning (Gerard FitzGerald and Marie Fredriksen)

    25. Education, Training and Research (Amy Hughes, Vivienne Tippett, Nieves Amat Camacho and Peter Horrocks)

    26. Future Challenges (Gerard FitzGerald, Michael Tarrant, Peter Aitken and K. Burns)


    Gerry FitzGerald is Professor of Public Health in the Faculty of Health at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia, and Director of the Centre for Emergency and Disaster Management.

    Mike Tarrant holds adjunct appointments including Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health at QUT and in the Department of Tropical Medicine at James Cook University, Townsville, Australia.

    Peter Aitken is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences at James Cook University, Australia.

    Marie Fredriksen is Lecturer in the Faculty of Health at QUT and a Paramedic with the Queensland Ambulance Service, Australia.