Legacy Planning for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil Webinar – 30 March 2017

(Presenter: Dr. Regina Rigatto Witt) There is an emerging interest in the need to demonstrate a sustainable health legacy from mass gatherings investments. The World Cup and the Olympic Games were opportunities for the Brazilian government to develop a specific policy regarding Mass Gatherings. This seminar provides an overview of the process developed to identify, classify, and evaluate legacy of healthcare planning in the host city of Porto Alegre for the World Cup 2014.

The webinar discusses examples from the literature on how this development allowed the government to assess and evaluate the available resources to provide crucial support, and build capacity for future events, such as the 2016 Olympic Games. To view the webinar please visit https://wadem.org/resources/webinar/

Ethics Webinar – 1 March 2017

WADEM (the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine) has partnered with the Division of Bioethics, The Ohio State University College of Medicine and the Center for Disaster & Humanitarian Ethics an upcoming webinar. The presentation, titled “Disaster Research Ethics: Developing Evidence Ethically ” will take place next week, 1 March 2017, from 14:30-15:30 (EST) and will be presented by Dr. Dónal O’Mathúna.

Dr. O’Mathúna is Senior Lecturer in Ethics, Decision-Making & Evidence at Dublin City University, Ireland and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at The Ohio State University, USA. He is the Director of the Center for Disaster & Humanitarian Ethics and was Chair of the EU-funded COST Action on Disaster Bioethics, 2012-2016. Further information on his publications is available at – https://bioethicsireland.ie/disasters. To view the webinar please visit https://wadem.org/resources/webinar/

Presentation Abstract:
Disaster responders need evidence to help guide their decisions as they plan for and implement responses. Disaster risk reduction requires evidence for policies and programs. The need for evidence creates an ethical imperative to conduct research on and in disasters. Some of that research involves human participants and raises another ethical imperative to protect participants. This webinar will provide an overview of some ethical challenges arising from balancing these dual imperatives in disaster research. Such issues have been highlighted by the inclusion of disaster research within the 2016 revision of the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) ethics guidelines for biomedical research.

The webinar will discuss examples from medical intervention research during the Ebola outbreak and with qualitative research in humanitarian crises. Disaster research also challenges current approaches to research ethics approval procedures and some modified approaches will be examined.

Toolkit for Disaster Preparedness & Response Information Webinar – Friday 23 February 2017

WADEM partnered with the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) for a webinar on Friday 23 February 2017 entitled “Toolkit for Disaster Preparedness & Response Information”. If you were unable to attend or would like to access the slides and recording, please visit https://wadem.org/resources/webinar/.

Presentation Abstract:

Elizabeth Norton from NLM will demonstrate the use of Disaster Lit®, an NLM database containing the often hard to find guidelines, white papers, trainings, and other important materials that are published in a wide range of places, and about a set of HAZMAT/CBRNE information tools that assist responders in the field. Participants will also learn about PubMed Central, a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature containing the best peer-review and most recently published research results. The webinar will also cover the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI), a collaboration between NLM and publishers to provide temporary free access to full-text articles to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters.

Thunderstorm Asthma and Paediatric Asthma Management Webinar – 16 February 2017

To view the webinar ‘Asthma: appropriate clinical response and management. From a typical day to in a crisis’, please click on the link below to view the recording.

The webinar covers the following areas:
Asthma – appropriate clinical response and management – Associate Professor David Armstrong

  • Management of acute viral wheeze in pre-school children
  • The prognosis of childhood asthma into adult life
  • “Choosing wisely” – deciding which preventer medication is best for children with asthma

Thunderstorm Asthma 2016 Event – Dr Vi Chong

  • The Western Health experience – what can we learn from the Melbourne thunderstorm phenomenon.
  • Demographic data from 21 November 2016
  • Personal experience of being a parent with a child being treated in ED as a result of the thunderstorm