Capacity building in public health and emergency management for volunteers at outdoor music festivals

Earl, C., Parker, E., Edwards, M. and Capra, M. F. (2004) Capacity building in public health and emergency management for volunteers at outdoor music festivals. Australian Journal on Volunteering, 9 2: 19-24.


Author Earl, C.
Parker, E.
Edwards, M.
Capra, M. F.
Title Capacity building in public health and emergency management for volunteers at outdoor music festivals
Journal name Australian Journal on Volunteering
ISSN 1325-8362
1836-0246
Publication date 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 9
Issue 2
Start page 19
End page 24
Total pages 6
Publisher Volunteering Australia
Language eng
Subject 1608 Sociology
16 Studies in Human Society
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
1701 Psychology
Abstract Many voluntary positions are supported by specific training programs, industry codes of practice and other formal mechanisms that contribute to capacity building. As yet, there are no codes of practice or specific training programs to support volunteers working at outdoor music festivals (OMFs) in Australia. There are considerable benefits in these volunteers having adequate capacity and confidence to successfully complete assigned tasks. These benefits have been recognised in England where there are now training programs and a code of practice to assist volunteering at OMFs. This article discusses two studies undertaken to assess the impacts of training on volunteer capacity. The first study was carried out at a European festival with a training expectation and the other was at an Australian festival without the same expectation. Findings from the European study showed the volunteers in that study had a very high level of knowledge of public health and emergency management for that festival. Findings from the Australian study showed the study participants had a lower level of knowledge, particularly for emergency management at that festival. These findings support the introduction of formal training programs for volunteers at OMFs in Australia.
Keyword Event management
Emergency management
Outdoor music festivals
Q-Index Code C1

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