005: Staffing a crisis. Disastrous learning.

October 27, 2014

In this follow-up conversation with Jamie Ranse, we explore the financial, industrial workforce and planning issues that can influence healthcare staff support of an emergency or disaster. Jamie also discusses the disaster healthcare education situation in Australia and what that means to having disaster ready, disaster prepared staff to respond to a crisis.

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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:



E.M.S.     Emergency Medical Services 



  • Canberra Bushfires 2003 (Link) 

  • Victorian Bushfires 2009 (Link, Link, Link)

  • Bali Bombings 2002  (Link, Link, Link)

  • Queensland Floods 2010, 2011 (Link, Link, Link)

  • Sumatra-Andaman earthquake and tsunami 2004 (Link)



  • Health Workforce data (Link) 

  • Disaster Research (Flinders University Disaster Research Centre

  • Use of GPs in Disaters

    • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners position statement "Managing emergencies and pandemics in general practice 

    • Graham A.A. Dodd. Disaster planning: A call for increased physician involvement. British Columbia Medical Journal. Vol. 55, No. 2, March 2013, p.104,125

    • Australian Medical Association. "Involvement of GPs in Disaster and Emergency Planning - 2012"

  • Disaster Action Cards

    • WA Department of Health, Disaster Preparedness and Management Unit. Appendix 6, Western Australia Australian Disaster Hospital Response Team Subplan. 2012. p 36-41

    • Valerie Smyth. Counter-disaster planning in a paediatric hospital. Australian Journal of Emergency Management. Winter 1999 . p42

    • Savage, P. E. Disaster planning: the use of action cards. Br Med J. Jul 1, 1972; 3(5817): 41-42

    • Savage, P. E. Disaster planning. A major accident exercise. Br Med J. Oct 17, 1970;   Br Med J. Oct 17, 1970; 4(5728): 168–171

    • Carol Mirco and Len Notaras. Developing internal and external emergency plans practical lessons from Royal Darwin Hospital. The Australian Journal of Emergency Management, Vol. 20 No 2. May 2005. p39-45.

  • Center for Health Policy, Columbia University School of Nursing. Adapting Standards of Care Under Extreme Conditions. Guidance for Professionals During Disasters, Pandemics, and Other Extreme Emergencies. American Nurses Association. March 2008.

  • American College of Emergency Physicians Disaster Preparedness and Response Committee. Guidelines for Crisis Standards of Care during Disasters. American College of Emergency Physicians. June 2013


Academic References

  • Lenson S, Ranse J, Cusack L. (2014). National consistency in industrial awards for disaster release for Australian nurses: An integrative review of enterprise arrangements. Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management. 9(2):53-58.

  • 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

  • Ranse J, Hutton A, Jeeawody B, Wilson R. What are the research needs for the field of disaster nursing in the next five years? An international Delphi study. Prehospital Disaster Medicine. 2014

  • Martin Voss , Klaus Wagne. Learning from (small) disasters.  Natural Hazards. December 2010, Volume 55, Issue 3, pp 657-669 

  • Stallings, R. Methods of Disaster Research: Unique or not? International Journal of Mass Emergencies and disasters. March 1999. Vol 15, No1. pp 7-19

  • Lenson S, Ranse J, Cusack L. (2014). National consistency in industrial awards for disaster release for Australian nurses: An integrative review of enterprise arrangements. Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management. 9(2):53-58.

  • Wong, D. (2011). Managing mass casualty events is just the application of normal activity on a grander scale for the emergency health services. Or is it?. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine. 9(1). 2011 Retrieved from http://ro.ecu.edu.au/jephc/vol9/iss1/

  • Ranse, J. H1N1 2009 influenza (human swine influenza): A descriptive study of the response of an influenza assessment clinic collaborating with an emergency department in Australia. 16 October, 2010



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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