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Reconceptualising 'community' to identify place-based disaster management needs in Tasmania


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Astill, S ORCID: 0000-0002-8289-8648, Corney, S ORCID: 0000-0002-8293-0863, Carey, R ORCID: 0000-0003-2015-6419, Auckland, S ORCID: 0000-0001-7972-0227 and Cross, M ORCID: 0000-0001-5526-4650 2019 , 'Reconceptualising 'community' to identify place-based disaster management needs in Tasmania' , The Australian Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 34, no. 1 , pp. 48-51 .

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In Australia, the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience mandates that emergency management authorities use effective community engagement to develop trust and respect with community members to provide effective, inclusive disaster management practices. Using these principles, researchers from the University of Tasmania reconceptualised the term 'community' as a 'community of practice' and facilitated a multidisciplinary workshop giving authorities, managers, planners and responders a forum to meet and collaborate to identify strengths, collective capacities and needs. The workshop was attended by 48 stakeholders dealing with emergencies and identified more than 30 research and 20 training needs as well as potential funding opportunities. The workshop also identified a fertile area for research and training given the critical mass of interested academics with experience and expertise in natural hazards fields. Attendees identified the latent potential for interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral collaboration and tapped into potential resources that address disaster management needs. This process has the potential to produce similar results nationally by enabling place-based disaster research to be identified by those who need it most.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Astill, S and Corney, S and Carey, R and Auckland, S and Cross, M
Keywords: community of practice, all hazards, natural hazards, community
Journal or Publication Title: The Australian Journal of Emergency Management
Publisher: Emergency Management Australia
ISSN: 1324-1540
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Copyright 2019 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)

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