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Emily Ragus

Year of Award: 2018 Award State: Queensland Emergency Services > Disaster Management
The National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre Churchill Fellowship to investigate models for improved aeromedical retrieval standards in international disaster response - USA, Switzerland, Sweden, Israel
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Recommendations:

Through the thematic analysis of each interview that was conducted with industry leaders from the humanitarian, aviation and disaster space, along with a review of the current literature, the following recommendations were formed.

In summary, these recommendations highlighted the need for increased research into multiple areas which include:

  • The universal standards of aeromedical retrieval companies; and
  • Resource efficiency

Disaster management is a growing area that needs to focus on an all hazards approach for effective preparedness. To do this, a more collaborative nature needs to be adopted, with greater information sharing and interagency/international exercises to test plans and mitigate potential operational challenges. This research indicated five main recommendations:

  1. Research and evidence-based care
  2. Establishment of a universal working group
  3. Verification and classification
  4. Resource efficiency and a greener future
  5. Interagency exercises

Keywords: Disaster management, aeromedical retrieval, assistance group, air ambulance, humanitarian crisis

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