Correct healthcare responses to disaster emergencies to be discussed in Melbourne at national nurse conference.
MELBOURNE, VIC – New conference aims to educate and prepare nurses and emergency healthcare professionals about the correct critical response to a disaster-style emergency.
The two-day Ausmed conference entitled, Disaster Nursing – Not If, But When…, features presentations from international speaker and author on disaster management, Eddi Cohen, talking of her own experience responding to the Los Angeles earthquake of 1994.
“Understanding and incorporating lessons learned from actual events will help nurses and other healthcare professionals better cope – both professionally and personally – in understanding how to plan and respond when the inevitable occurs,” Cohen said.
Nurses are responding to disaster events more than ever before. Since 2014 Australia has fallen victim to six terrorist attacks, resulting in our National Terrorism Threat Level being set at ‘probable’ since September of the same year.
“Disaster Nursing – Not If, But When… is the stark reality facing healthcare professionals, worldwide,” Cohen said.
Other topics to be addressed at the disaster nursing conference include first hand stories from January’s Bourke Street incident in Melbourne and the Victorian bushfires of 2009.
The conference also features experts in disaster response, Associate Professor Jamie Ranse from the University of Canberra, and Professor George Braitberg of the University of Melbourne.
Disaster Nursing – Not if, But When… will be held on 27 – 28 July at Oaks On Collins, Melbourne. For more information and to book, visit www.ausmed.com.au.