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Natural Disasters Program

Dr Caryn West
Dr Caryn West

Disasters occur at a greater rate in the Asia Pacific area than any other region in the world.  It is imperative that countries across the tropics become better prepared to respond at these times through appropriately trained staff, better equipped facilities and effective response plans. The Natural Disasters program is a result of the unique position of JCU in the tropics and also through the work of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Education and Research Capacity Building in the Western Pacific.

Led by Dr Caryn West, this program aims to advance research capacity by supporting nurse and midwife researchers in the Asia Pacific region to conduct their own research studies in this area.  As well, researchers in this program investigate the impact of natural disasters such as cyclones, flooding and fire on the health and well-being of people in far north Queensland and other areas of Australia.

 If you are interested in conducting research in the field of Natural Disasters please contact

Program Lead, Dr Cayrn West:07 4232 1825 (Cairns campus) or by email

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