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Synergising Public Health Concepts with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: A Conceptual Glossary


Phibbs, S and Kenny, C and Severinsen, C and Mitchell, J and Hughes, R, Synergising Public Health Concepts with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: A Conceptual Glossary, International journal of environmental research and public health, 13, (12) pp. 1-21. ISSN 1660-4601 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3390/ijerph13121241


The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015) is a global strategy for addressing disaster risk and resilience that has been ratified by member countries of the United Nations. Its guiding principles emphasise building resilience through inter-sectoral collaboration, as well as partnerships that facilitate community empowerment and address underlying risk factors. Both public health and the emergency management sector face similar challenges related to developing and implementing strategies that involve structural change, facilitating community resilience and addressing individual risk factors. Familiarity with public health principles enables an understanding of the holistic approach to risk reduction that is outlined within the Sendai Framework. We present seven concepts that resonate with contemporary public health practice, namely: the social determinants of health; inequality and inequity; the inverse care law; community-based and community development approaches; hard to reach communities and services; the prevention paradox; and the inverse prevention law. These ideas from public health provide a useful conceptual base for the "new" agenda in disaster risk management that underpins the 2015 Sendai Framework. The relevance of these ideas to disaster risk management and research is illustrated through drawing on the Sendai Framework, disaster literature and exemplars from the 20102011 earthquakes in Canterbury, New Zealand.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:public health; disaster; Sendai Framework; inequity; community development; inverse care law; prevention paradox
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Health policy
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Health protection and disaster response
UTAS Author:Hughes, R (Mr Roger Hughes)
ID Code:125728
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:21
Deposited By:Office of the School of Medicine
Deposited On:2018-05-04
Last Modified:2018-07-26
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