Professor Paul Arbon

  • 1838 Citations
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1993 …2020

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Research Biography

Professor Arbon is a Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor, Director of the Torrens Resilience Institute and Professor of Nursing (Population Health). The Torrens Resilience Institute was established in 2009 to improve the capacity of organsiations and societies to respond to disruptive challenges that have the potential to overwhelm local disaster management capabilities and plans. Current research and development is focused on community and organisational resilience, mass gathering management and health security. The Institute hosts the City Security and Resilience Networks for Australia and Asia, the International Council of Nurses (ICNP) Centre for Disaster Nursing and the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Mass Gatherings and Global Health Security.

Professor Arbon is Past President of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine, former Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Flinders University, a member the International Health Regulations Roster of Experts, Editorial Board Member of the disaster health journal Pre Hospital and Disaster Medicine and Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing and the American Academy of Nursing.

Research Interests

Current research projects focus on disaster and security resilience through community capacity and organisational capability building,  mass gathering health including development on non-linear predictive models and consensus for minimum data sets and review of disaster health terminology. Doctoral student supervision includes projects on family resilience during disaster, the roles and experiences of nurses and paramedics during disaster, protective aspects of emergency services culture and organisation, and bystander motivation and experience. Development work includes risk assessment for mass gatherings, development of mass gathering guidelines for potential Ebola transmission and investigation of models for resilience measurement at national, state and local levels.

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A risk-based approach is best for decision making on holding mass gathering events

McClosky, B., Zumla, A., Lim, P. L., Endericks, T., Arbon, P., Cicero, A. & Borodina, M., 18 Apr 2020, In : Lancet. 395, 10232, p. 1256-1257 2 p.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Best practice for evacuation centres accommodating vulnerable populations: A literature review

    Kako, M., Steenkamp, M., Arbon, P., Ryan, B. & Takada, Y., Jun 2020, In : International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 46, 14 p., 101497.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Mass gathering events and reducing further global spread of COVID-19: a political and public health dilemma

    WHO Novel Coronavirus-19 Mass Gatherings Expert Group, 4 Apr 2020, In : Lancet. 395, 10230, p. 1096-1099 4 p.

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    Obtaining individual narratives and moving to an intersubjective lived-experience description: a way of doing phenomenology

    Ranse, J., Arbon, P., Cusack, L., Shaban, R. Z. & Nicholls, D., 28 Feb 2020, In : Qualitative Research. 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Assessing the quality of roof-harvested rainwater after bushfires

    Steenkamp, M., Ross, K., Whiley, H., Chubaka, E. & Arbon, P., 2019, In : Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. 34, s1, p. s42-s42

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle