Volunteers in public health and emergency management at outdoor music festivals

Earl, Cameron, Stoneham, M. and Capra, Mike (2003) Volunteers in public health and emergency management at outdoor music festivals. The Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 18 4: -37.

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Author Earl, Cameron
Stoneham, M.
Capra, Mike
Title Volunteers in public health and emergency management at outdoor music festivals
Journal name The Australian Journal of Emergency Management
ISSN 0817-4024
1324-1540
Publication date 2003-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 18
Issue 4
End page 37
Total pages 7
Place of publication Mt Macedon, VIC, Australia
Publisher Emergency Management Australia
Language eng
Subject 111708 Health and Community Services
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
110305 Emergency Medicine
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract This article will report on a study undertaken involving volunteers at an outdoor music festival in Australia. The study was designed to assess the volunteers’ knowledge and skills in emergency management. The findings are based predominantly on self-report data. Findings from the study indicated that a major proportion of the volunteers in the study expressed some level of confidence in dealing with an emergency situation within their work locations at the festival. This level of confidence was associated with volunteer training and knowledge of public health and emergency management. However, less than half of the study participants had knowledge of emergency and public health management for the festival. Furthermore, less than one quarter had knowledge of the festival’s emergency management plan. It was evident that there was a need to increase the number of volunteers with knowledge of public health and emergency management for the festival. All these findings support continued volunteer training programs to improve emergency and public health management at the festival.
Keyword Outdoor music festivals
Volunteers
Public health risks
Volunteer capacity
Knowledge
Skills
Experience
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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