Online Presentation

Date of the briefing:

Friday 28th January, 2011 Duration of the briefing: 2 Hours (from 12:00pm to 2:00pm)


Bardon Conference Venue, 390 Simpsons Rd, Bardon, Queensland

This briefing on the Flood disaster response was targetted for Queensland psychologists and other interested professionals. The briefing was presented by members of the APS Disaster Preparedness and Response Reference Group, Queensland Health, and other experts in disaster response and psychological recovery. Many members had been in contact with the APS over the two weeks prior to the briefing, wanting to know how they might support people affected by the floods. While the majority of people recover without a need for professional mental health services, there is still likely to be considerable need in the coming weeks, months, and even years, for psychological and community support for many people.

This briefing was an opportunity to hear from psychologists and community and government organisations involved with disaster preparedness, response and recovery, on how to provide the best psychological support following a disaster of this scale. Whilst thehere may be other local briefings at a later date, this Online Presentation of the briefing will permit psychologists and other interested professionals to benefit from the briefing held in late January 2011.

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Who should view?

APS members and interested professionals.

Topics Covered:

  • Brief orientation and overview on the field of disaster response
  • Current best practice for psychosocial response and recovery, from the provision of universal assistance to focused psychological and related services, including psychological first aid, skills for psychosocial recovery and more targeted interventions
  • Who does what in Queensland post-disaster - an overview of Government and some community based groups' approach to disaster preparedness and response, as well as potential links for psychologists
  • The role of psychologists and APS (and other agencies) within a coordinated approach to response and recovery
  • Clinician self-care

For more information regarding this Online Presentation of the briefing please contact the APS Events Team. For more information about the APS Disaster Response please contact The APS Public Interest Team.

Both Teams can be contacted at the National Office +61 3 8662 3300

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Speakers & Presentations

Chair: Dr Nicola Burton

APS Brisbane Branch Committee and University of Queensland

Part One

Dr Aaron Groves

Executive Director, Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Directorate, Queensland Health

Professor Kevin Ronan

Chair, APS Disaster Preparedness and Response Reference Group and Central Queensland University, Rockhampton

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Part Two

Mr Andrew Coghlan

National Manager Emergency Services, Australian Red Cross

Professor Richard Bryant

Scientia Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of New South Wales and world expert in psychological reactions after disasters

Ms Julie Aganoff

Lifeline Queensland

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Part Three

Professor Justin Kenardy

University of Queensland

Professor Bob Montgomery

University of the Sunshine Coast

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