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Earthquake database establishment and analysis

Year:
2012
Duration:
18 months
Approved budget:
$119,575.00
Researchers:
Professor Michael Ardagh ONZM
Health issue:
Injury (intentional and unintentional)
Proposal type:
Health Implications of the Canterbury Earthquake Project
Lay summary
Collecting and exploring a Canterbury-wide, de-identified database of those people who were injured and unwell in the first three days following the 22 February 2011 Christchurch earthquake will allow us, and other researchers, to understand the full extent of the health implications. The project would be the first in the world to overview a complete heathcare response to a major earthquake, where the entire response was from local providers who were also affected by the disaster. Collation of a single, comprehensive database of the burden of injury and illness from the earthquake, and the health system response, would be unique internationally and would allow sharing of knowledge. Lessons learnt from this experience will be of significant importance in planning future disaster responses in Canterbury, elsewhere in New Zealand, and internationally.