Course to focus on disaster health 


Charles Darwin University will host a short course teaching health practitioners and students how to deal with the effects of a major disaster or medical pandemic.

The five-day short course, Health Aspects of Disaster, will focus on recent disasters such as the Asian tsunami and Bali bombings, and will run from 10-14 September at the university’s Casuarina Campus.

Developed by the Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health, the CDU Graduate School for Health Practice and Menzies School of Health Research, the course combines input from the academic, health, military and civilian sectors.

It will be presented by Associate Professor David Cooper, Darwin Head of CMVH and Chair of Disaster Response and Preparedness at the MSHR, and other experts in the fields of disaster management.

Associate Professor Cooper, an emergency physician, will draw on his own involvement in the emergency health response efforts during the Asian Tsunami disaster, and expertise in international terrorism and chemical, biological and radiation disasters.

‘So far the course has attracted much attention both locally and abroad,’ he said.

Health Aspects of Disaster is available to CDU and other domestic and international students as well as non-students. Those enrolled in the MSHR Public Health Coursework Program and other postgraduate awards may also be eligible for credit.’

Those interested in registering for the course can call 08 8946 6744 for more information.