How Aboriginal communities deal with disasters in cyclone-prone Darwin-and how emergency organisations can provide better support in times of crises.
Filling in project consent forms at Nightcliff foreshore: A new project by Australian Red Cross and the Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation looks into how disasters are experienced by Aboriginal communities in Darwin
Darwin's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are located in one of the highest cyclone-risk areas in the world. In order to understand how these highly diverse communities cope with, respond to and manage these events, Australian Red Cross and the Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation established a joint research project with funding by the Northern Territory Emergency Services.
The final 2016 report, Disaster resilience, management and preparedness in Aboriginal communities in Darwin and Palmerston, explores first-hand accounts of how these communities deal with disasters and identifies ways that emergency services organisations can better support the safety and well-being of Indigenous communities during future emergency events.
"Indigenous disaster relief and emergency management is highly complex," says Panayiota Romios, Senior Researcher, Australian Red Cross. "It requires cultural understanding, sensitivity and knowledge, as well as the engagement of the many government and non-government agencies. This project seeks to better understand the specific needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in respect to disaster relief and emergency management."
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Disaster resilience, management and preparedness in Aboriginal communities in Darwin and Palmerston
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