The Flinders University Disaster Research Centre (FUDRC), established in 2009, is a leader in disaster and emergency research in the region. The Centre’s vision is to enhance multidisciplinary research in the area of disasters at both national and international levels so as to translate research outcomes into evidence based practice. The FUDRC provides a coordinated research program developing up-to-date and current knowledge for disaster practice.
The Disaster Research Centre has built an active network across different sectors, including higher education, the three tiers of government, non government organisations, the IRU Network, with important international and national links.
The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Flinders University holds an online short course in International Disaster Nursing and Master Classes in Mass Gathering, for instance focussed on developing knowledge and skill among major event planners.
The Disaster Research Centre is involved in a number of research projects, ranging from healthcare responses, preparedness and planning, mass gathering medicine, to humanitarian and international law issues. For instance:
- The Serval Project, at the School of Computer Science, enables mobile communications in the face of disaster or civil unrest, aiming to provide mobile communications in the absence of conventional telecommunications infrastructure. It was developed in response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
- The Centre is collaborating with Torrens Resilience Institute (TRI) on a Community Resilience Research Project, developing a tool to identify community resilience.
- Conducting a systematic review and bibliometric analysis of terms on disasters and mass gathering for the World Health Organization.
FURPDN is a research and development project, accredited by the International Classification for Nursing Practice, aiming to enhance professional nursing practice in the area of disaster nursing.
Other partners include:
- International Council of Nurses is a federation of more than 130 national nurses’ associations, representing more than 13 million nurses worldwide - the world’s widest reaching international organisation for health professionals.
- World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM) is a non-governmental multi-disciplinary organisation, working to improve prehospital and emergency health care, public health, and disaster health and preparedness.
- The Torrens Resilience Institute, in Adelaide, involving the University of Adelaide, Cranfield University, Flinders University and the University of South Australia, was established to improve the capacity of organisations and societies to respond to disruptive challenges which have the potential to overwhelm local disaster management capabilities and plans.
- United Nation’s Global Health Cluster, under the leadership of the WHO, is made up of more than 30 international humanitarian health organisations, established to coordinate the international response to disaster and humanitarian emergencies.
- The National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre is a leading national and international organisation in the disaster and emergency medical response field, with links to three of the IRU universities.