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That’s quite interesting, thanks Catharine!

The fast onset model certainly correlates well with what I saw (albeit to a limited extent here in Australia) with the Nepal earthquakes last year. At the time, I was working with an international medical student group with a chapter in Nepal; once the earthquakes struck, the rest of the organisation began a social media campaign to raise funds for medical supplies, and the logistics of supplying said supplies, to forward to the local chapter and medical associations. They were asked to complete a needs assessment to determine what supplies were required and how best we could support them, which correlates with the emergency response stage. Since the organisation as a whole holds a conference biannually to present research and public health materials (short film clips, posters, etc.) related to key topics in global medicine – often disaster management – future conferences will be discussing the recovery stage and emphasising DRR. The next conference will be held in Melbourne this coming January and is on the topic of climate change medicine; much of the research and public health materials being formed are thus far targeting the DRR stage of the slow-onset model while emphasising the ongoing needs assessment throughout the DRM cycle.