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How can governments enable and support community-led disaster recovery?


Owen, C, How can governments enable and support community-led disaster recovery?, The Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 33, (1) pp. 66-69. ISSN 1324-1540 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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The national recovery principles state that disaster recovery should be community-led. However, reports from various recovery processes in Australia and overseas consistently identify that governments too often, in practice, do not support this. This research examines ways in which governments can enable communities to lead their recovery after emergency events. This is a preliminary report of a continuing study. To date, semi-structured interviews have been held with over 20 experienced individuals about their involvement in community recovery. Participants are community members from disaster-affected communities, government employees from all levels of government and across departments, and representatives from community sector organisations. These preliminary results show the complex interplay between communities, governments, and community sector organisations in disaster recovery, and the varying expectations and experiences of those involved. These initial findings show potential to influence policies, processes and systems across governments and communities, and better support community-led recovery.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:disaster recovery, community, government response, policy
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Public administration
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Health protection and disaster response
UTAS Author:Owen, C (Ms Carole Owen)
ID Code:124258
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2018-02-15
Last Modified:2018-11-30

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