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    Discuss with forum members the similarities and differences between organisational and coordination structures (such as the Emergency Management Manual Victoria) and communications systems (such as AIIMS) in Australia, and those in developing countries.


    I have no specific examples to draw from unfortunately as my understanding of developing countries’ coordination and communication systems in disasters is lacking – although that in itself could be telling. The Nepalese earthquakes stretched existing communication structures between various services (although I cannot comment on how formalised or rigorous these were prior to the earthquakes) – certainly between medical services and other organisations and services – and resulted in an opaque centralisation of command in the national government. Would be quite interested to hear what everyone else thinks!


    It would be interesting to see how far some of the Pacific countries, particularly those such as Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Samoa & Tonga, are looking into a communications system such as the Australian/NZ AIIMS. It would also be interesting to see whether the Pacific Humanitarian team (PHT) have plans to introduce such a system. Would you have any input/ideas on this, Catharine, from your experience in the Pacific ?

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