JIBC applied research presented at international disaster and emergency medicine conference
Five research projects presented at the World Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine
JIBC Associate Dean, Dr. Ron Bowles (pictured), with Dr. Greg Anderson, Dean of the Office of Applied Research and Graduate Studies, presented at the 19th World Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine in Cape Town, South Africa in April 2015.
Applied research conducted at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) was presented in late April at the 19th World Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine held in Cape Town, South Africa.
Five studies conducted by JIBC researchers were presented at the conference organized by the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine, which focuses on sharing the latest scientific evidence and best practices in global prehospital and emergency health care, public health, and disaster health and preparedness.
“The Congress was a valuable opportunity to share the important applied research conducted at JIBC,” said Dr. Greg Anderson, Dean of the Office of Applied Research and Graduate Studies. “Each of the projects created considerable dialogue and international support for continued research with colleagues from around the world and the World Health Organization. This level of interest bodes well for our ability to continue to inform best practices in their field.”
Dr. Anderson, shared a JIBC study that explored the efficacy of an online resiliency training program for Primary Care Paramedic students. The research showed that students who took the program demonstrated significant improvement in their resiliency compared to students who didn’t have the training. It also showed that their resiliency persisted throughout their education and into their practice education experience on ambulances in hospital emergency departments.
Dr. Ron Bowles, Associate Dean for the Centre of Applied Research presented four applied research papers at the conference.
Two projects related to emergency management. The paper by Dr. Bowles, Dr. Anderson, and Colleen Vaughan, entitled, “Building Resilient Communities: Enablers and Constraints,” noted that while many effective tools and processes are available to strengthen community resilience to disasters, many are not well-used or well-known. It concluded that communities should use any appropriate tool or process to build community and disaster resilience, rather than find one that’s a perfect fit.
He also presented on a project co-developed with Darren Blackburn and Colleen Vaughan that focused on development and piloting of a critical infrastructure assessment tool for local authorities.
His two other presentations explored key issues and challenges facing stakeholders in Canadian Emergency Medical Services. Both studies co-written by Dr. Bowles, Dr. Anderson and Catherina van Beek explored the contested visions of the role, boundaries and goals of EMS providers.
For more information about the Congress, visit the event’s website.
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Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is Canada’s leading public safety educator developing dynamic justice and public safety professionals through its exceptional applied education, training and research. JIBC offers internationally recognized education that leads to certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees and graduate certificates; exceptional continuing education for work and career-related learning and development; and customized contract training to government agencies and private organizations worldwide. Our education provides professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to excel at every stage of their career contributing to safer communities and a more just society.
Last updated June 15, 2015