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This subject will provide the student with the key skills and knowledge required to evaluate the nature and extent of disaster events from a clinical and healthcare management perspective. Students will learn to apply existing models of preparedness, and plan the various levels of response (community, health service, national and global), as well as consider resource utilisation, resilience and recovery.
Students will engage with authentic cases and simulations to develop management strategies for a range of disaster situations.
Topics covered will include:
- The complex nature of disaster events from clinical and healthcare management perspectives
- Models of preparedness at different levels of response (community, health service, national, global)
- Resource utilisation, resilience and recovery management in extreme conditions and multiple settings
- Treatment and management regimes for a range of natural and man-made disasters (e.g. bushfire, flood, thunderstorm asthma, infectious diseases, transport, mass gatherings).
Teaching/learning formats include:
- Online modules
- Discussion boards
- Required readings
- Case studies
- Written assignments
- 2-day intensive, face-to-face workshop including simulation activities, guest speakers
The informal exchange of insights and experiences among participants is a key aspect of learning.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Recognise and apply disaster medicine and disaster health management principles considering the different disaster health systems;
- Analyse the factors that underpin level of organisational response and the principles that are applied to prevent, manage, contain and diffuse the impact of disasters in clinical settings;
- Devise methods to address the complex physical and psychological factors involved in after care and recovery post event;
- Develop creative and flexible problem‐solving and communication skills under crisis situations, and for a range of environmental and geographic clinical settings;
- Evaluate effective planning for clinical and health service response to a range of disaster events, e.g. natural disasters, infectious diseases, transport and mass casualty events; and
- Critically assess the clinical and health service risk and impact of disaster events.
- The capacity for information seeking, retrieval and evaluation
- Critical thinking and analytical skills
- An openness to new ideas
- The ability to communicate scientific knowledge through oral, written and web-based media
- The ability to apply knowledge and implement health programs for different types of disasters during all the phases of the disaster management cycle
Last updated: 29 July 2022