002: Healthcare professionals and their ability to respond to disasters

September 15, 2014


Jamie Ranse speaks with Craig about disaster management, disaster nursing, the educational requirements to support clinical disaster deployments and the willingness- and ability- of healthcare staff to respond to a disaster situation. 

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About my guest:

Assistant Professor Jamie Ranse of the University of Canberra has a keen professional and personal interest in the area of disaster and mass gathering health. He is currently undertaking a PhD exploring the experience of nurses who participate in disasters. He is an Associate Editor for the Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, holding the disaster portfolio and peer-reviews a number of national and international journals relating to disaster and primary health care.


Jamie can be contacted via his website at www.jamieranse.com



Episode Shownotes:



  • Granville Rail Disaster 1977  

  • Hong Kong Avian Flu 1997

  • Bundaberg Floods (and hospital generator failure) 2013

  • Canberra Bushfires 2003 (Link

  • Samoa (Pacific) Tsunami  2009 (Link)

  • Sumatra-Andaman earthquake and tsunami 2004 (Link)



  • Health Workforce data (Link

  • Zombie Preparedness (yep, it's real!) (Link)

  • Emergo-Train (Link)


Academic References

  • P. Arbon, C. Bobrowski, K. Zeitz, C. Hooper, J. Williams, J. Thitchener (2006). Australian nurses volunteering for the Sumatra-Andaman earthquake and tsunami of 2004: A review of experience and analysis of data collected by the Tsunami Volunteer Hotline, Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal. doi:10.1016/j.aenj.2006.05.003 

  • Arbon P, Cusack, L, Ranse J, Shaban R, Considine J, Kako M, Woodman R, Mitchell B, Bahnisch L, Hammad K. (2013). Exploring staff willingness to attend work during a disaster: a study of nurses employed in four Australian emergency departmentsAustralasian Emergency Nursing Journal.16(3):103-109 doi:10.1016/j.aenj.2013.05.004

  • Ranse J, Hammad K, Ranse K. (2013). Future considerations for Australian nurses and their disaster educational preparedness: a discussion. Australian Journal of Emergency Management. 28(4):49-53.

  • Ranse J, Shaban R, Considine J, Hammad K, Arbon P, Mitchell B, Lenson S. (2013). Disaster content in Australian tertiary postgraduate emergency nursing courses: A survey. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal. 16(2):58-63. doi:10.1016/j.aenj.2013.04.002

  • Arbon P, Ranse J, Cusack L, Considine J, Shaban R, Woodman R, Bahnisch L, Kako M, Hammad K, Mitchell B. (2013). Australasian emergency nurses’ willingness to attend work in a disaster: A survey. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal. 16(2):52-57. doi:10.1016/j.aenj.2013.05.004 

  • Richardson D. and Kumar S. (2004). Emergency response to the Canberra bushfires. Med J Aust 2004; 181 (1): 40-42.

About the Podcast Host:

Craig, is a health and emergency service management specialist with more than 30 years experience in operational management, emergency planning, health service delivery and service redevelopment. More information can be found at www.cahooper.com 

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