GlobalHOME: Managing a humanitarian response

30 March 2010

Captain Dr Duncan Wallace, Navy Reserve medical officer. Involved in the ADF response to the Boxing Day Tsunami 2004 and earthquake at Nias in March 2005.

A humanitarian crisis (or "humanitarian disaster") is an event or series of events which represents a critical threat to the health, safety, security or wellbeing of a community or other large group of people, usually over a wide area. Armed conflicts, epidemics, famine, natural disasters and other major emergencies may all involve or lead to a humanitarian crisis. Quite often, there is no assistance available from local services or authorities and subsequently, various foreign non- government aid organisations and military forces remain prepared to offer immediate emergency assistance around the world should such an event occur.

Our speakers are experienced members of the Australian Defence Force.

Learning objectives
a)What constitutes a 'humanitarian crisis'?
b)Identify the different phases of response in a humanitarian crisis [hypothetical scenario, Australian response to Pakistan Earthquake]
c)What is required before a response from NGOs and foreign nations is received? d)Classify the common healthcare problems that might arise due to a humanitarian crisis, and the subsequent priorities of care
e)Understand the difficulties that can arise with military/government forces cooperating with NGOs and their interaction.

Global Health Lecture Series
GlobalHOME (the global health group at the University of Sydney) has developed a lecture series featuring world-renowned experts discussing current issues in global health. The content will be a combination of public health and clinical medicine. These lectures will be invaluable for those who have an interest in being involved in global health or working in the developing world.

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Refreshments provided 30 minutes prior to lecture commencement.

Time: 6 - 7.30pm

Location: Eastern Ave Auditorium

Contact: Anthony Schiemer

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