Today I had the most fortunate privilege of helping launch an amazing research project from the University of Melbourne. Born over a cup of coffee between Lou Harms(a researcher), and Rhonda Abotomey (a Black Saturday survivor, who lost family in the fires), where Lou put into terms what Rhonda had been feeling “There’s a term […]Read more "From Little Things, BIg Things Grow"
Over the past three years I’ve been operating in an parallel universe. It’s called Beyond Bushfires, a research study looking at the health impacts of the Black Saturday Bushfires. The reason I call it an alternative reality, as this research stuff is all new to me. It has its own language and rules, and practices, […]Read more "Parallel universe"
Probably the best presentation at this conference, and one of the best I’ve heard for some time was from the dynamic Dan Neely from the Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office. Given that he used music (Vanilla Ice) as a hook, I was hooked. He talked about how they are reconfiguring emergency management to be community […]Read more "Ice Baby"
I’m in Wellington, Aoteroa for the joint Bushfire Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre and AFAC annual conference. Wellington is one of my favourite places, only confirmed further by having great weather, and my fold up bike with me to explore a bit more than what my feet will allow me. One of the exciting things […]Read more "Hangin’ with the nerds (in the coolest town)"