Melbourne Children’s Global Health Forum February 2021

Allied Health: Disaster response and low resource settings

12.30-1.30pm Monday 8 February

Nurses and allied health professionals play a critical role in health promotion, disease prevention and delivering primary and community health care. In emergency settings, nurses and allied health professionals are essential to the timely identification and care of patients with medical, surgical and injury related emergencies, working within a wider emergency management team.

In the Asia Pacific, as well as all over the world, the practice of nursing is extremely challenging, especially in emergencies and low-resource settings. There is much work to be done strengthening the allied health workforce in LMIC teams including emergency response, however foreign emergency and support teams have much to contribute in these complex situations alongside their local counterparts.

In this talk we hear from two allied health professionals with their perspectives as part of foreign teams in emergency and low-resource settings in the region. This work has taken them from the recent measles outbreak in Samoa, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea.


Dr Dianne Crellin, Emergency nurse practitioner at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne, member of Australian Medical Assistance Teams (AUSMAT) and senior lecturer coordinating the nurse practitioner program at Melbourne University’s Department of Nursing

Adrian Hutchinson, Chief Nursing Information Officer (CNAIO) I Manager Clinical Technology Service at The Royal Children Hospital


Karly Cini, Research Officer, Global Adolescent Health, Melbourne Children’s Global Health

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