Dr Mayumi Kako

Academic Status

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Health Sciences
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Mayumi Kako has her first nursing qualification from Kobe City College of Nursing in Japan. She has completed her post graduate couses at Flinders University. Based on her volunteer experience after the 1995 Hanshin Awaji (Kobe) Earthquake, she developed her research interest in disaster health and nursing. Especially, interested in answering the quesiotn of "How can we create resilient society with ageing population?" Mayumi worked at WHO Kobe Centre in 2014-15 to support preparing the public forums held at the Third UN World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction.

She is a education lead in the World Association for Disaster Emergency Medicine, Nursing Section and actively involved in updating the current practice in disaster nursing/health.

Her current research has been involved is to investigate the best practice of evacuation centre and health status including psycho-social aspects of older people who are in the transition stage from temporary housing to permanent housing in community.

Mayumi's other research interests themes are:

  • Creating resilient society with aging population
  • Empowering older population to increase disaster preparedness
  • Involvement of older population in disaster planning
  • Preparedness/willingness of health professionals to participate in disaster health
  • Health professionals' competence in disaster health
  • Nurses/people, especially older people/community experience in a disaster and their oral history
  • Methodological development to research disaster health.
PhD (Flin) 2008, MNg (Flin) 2001, BNg (Flin) 1999, RN
Honours, awards and grants

2016 School of Nursing & Midwifery, Start-Up Grant, Identifying evidence-based best practice for disaster health evacuation centre management: a comparative study between Australia and Japan ($5,000).

2016 Establishement Grant, Establishement of evidence-based best practice to implement evacuation centres for vulnerable populations: a comparative study between Miyagi, Japan and Queesnsland, Australia ($9,988)

2014- Barriers that prevent Japanese older people feeling they belong to a new community after a disaster and relocation – Case studies of a temporary housing residents experience in Iwate Prefecture (unfunded)

2013 Faculty Seeding Grant, Kargillis C, Kako M. Stories from disaster survivors: Acknowledging emotional impact in recovery (A$19,000)

2013 General Staff Conference Scheme Flinders University ($564)

2013 School of Nursing & Midwifery, Start-Up Grant, Review of literature related to Chemical Biological Radio-Nuclear (CBRN) disaster education for health professionals ($4,750).

2012 The Historical Society of South Australia to support the project "Historical study of the role of nurses during the Spanish Influenza between 1918-19 in South Australia ($480).

2010 Exploring nursing students understanding of being regulated, Supported by Nightingale Memorial foundation South Australia ($19,000) PI: Arbon, P, Cusack, L, Starr, L, Kako, M.

2009 Understanding the willingness of emergency nurses to respond to a health care disaster Supported by Faculty seeding grant ($38,000) PI: Arbon, P. Bahnisch, L, Considine, J, Cusack, L, Hammad, K, Kako, M, Mitchell, B, Ranse, J, Shaban, R.

Key responsibilities

My key responsibilities:

For teaching activities:

  1. Supervising PhD and Master’s students in research projects in the areas of (1) disaster health/nursing (2) vulnerable population and resilience, (3) capacity building for disaster health/nursing, and (4) Disaster Risk Reduction and global health
  2. Developing, coordinating and delivering topics in (1) undergraduate foundation of nursing topic (2) global perspective on health policy and political context in graduate programs.

For research activites:

  1. Collaborating and working with research teams to apply for research grants and implement research projects in the areas of (1) disaster health/nursing (2) vulnerable population and resilience (3) capacity building for disaster health/nursing, and (4) Disaster Risk Reduction and global health.
  2. Facilitating collaborative research projects with overseas universities and other organisations through (1) research grant application, and (3) cross-national comparative studies in disaster health/nursing.

For community and professional engagement:

  1. Contributing to disaster risk reduction, global health, professional organisations and peer reviewed journals through a range of activities.
  2. Active particpation as a society member to develop and empower other members in community relating to disaster health/nursing
Teaching interests

I am interested in teaching:

  • the are of foundamental nursing. I am ethusiastic about investigating the way how students to make a sense of what they learn on campus and apply into practice.
  • IT utilisation in teaching (simulation, scenario based teaching)
  • Global health, particularly in the health professional roles in disaster risk reduction, linking and bridging policy and practice to change.
Topic coordinator
NURS8010 Global Perspectives on policy and political contexts on health care
Topic lecturer
NURS1006 Law and ethics for professional practice
Supervisory interests
Disaster and older people
Disaster nursing/health
Disaster risk reduction
Nursing education
Nursing history
Vulnerable populations and disaster
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Disaster health (1)