Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Red Cross Recovery Expert Visits New Zealand


Red Cross Recovery Expert Visits New Zealand

New Zealand Red Cross is very pleased to be able to call on expertise from across the Tasman on the anniversary of the February 22 earthquake.

Australian Red Cross recovery coordinator Kate Brady is in New Zealand, and will be working alongside New Zealand Red Cross volunteers at the earthquake anniversary memorial services.

Ms Brady was the recovery coordinator for the 2009 Victorian bushfires, and has studied recovery efforts and anniversaries for September 11, Hurricane Katrina, the London bombings, Columbine shootings, Hillsborough stadium crash and the Sichuan earthquake.

She says its important to remember everyone will have a different reaction to the earthquakes first anniversary.
“Anniversaries mean different things to different people. For some, the first anniversary will be a chance to reflect on the achievements of the past year. For others, it will be a reminder of what they have lost and will bring with it a sense of profound grief.

“Some people may feel guilty because the anniversary may not mean a lot to them – its just another day. There is no right or wrong, but it is important people are able to plan for what the anniversary may mean for them, so they can make sure they have the support they need.”

Kate Brady says it is only now that some people will be taking stock of the impact the earthquake has had on their lives.

Many have been too busy over the past year trying to take care of basic needs like housing, jobs, and schools, to have had time to reflect on the emotional impact the earthquake has had on their lives.

“Recovery is like a marathon, not a sprint. Its important that people pace themselves and make sure their wellbeing is a priority. In all the flurry of activity its easy to forget to take care of emotional and physical health and relationships.”

Ms Brady says some negative impacts the Australian Red Cross has noticed after disasters include substance abuse, violence, and relationships starting to fragment.
There could be an increase in physical illnesses once the adrenaline thats been keeping people going stops. She says its important that people pay attention to their health, as stress can cause ailments ranging from skin irritations to digestive problems and poor sleeping patterns.

Australian research shows post-traumatic stress normally affects around 10 per cent of those directly involved in a disaster, but with a violent, sudden and destructive event like an earthquake, the occurrence could be as high as 30 per cent.

Some survivors could develop depression and anxiety in the coming year, and Ms Brady says its important for these people to seek help.

She says it could take at least five years for most people to recover emotionally from the disaster. However, she stresses that most people recover well.

Her advice for this anniversary is for people to think about how the event might affect them, and plan accordingly, whether that means being around friends and family, attending an event, or taking time out by themselves.

“Some ways that people can support friends and family include asking them how they are, listening and offering practical support. Making assumptions about how people are feeling, telling them „I know how you feel or underestimating the complexity of recovery isnt helpful.

“It is important that people acknowledge how long the recovery process is going to take. Many people who are living outside the impacted area may think that the recovery should be further along than it is – recovery is a very long process and will take a long time.”

Anyone wanting help from the Red Cross should call 0800 4 Outreach (0800 468 873)
ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Madrid Climate Talks: Decade Ending 2019 Likely To Be Hottest On Record

Exceptional global heat driven by greenhouse gas emissions mean this decade will most likely go down as the warmest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization...

The agency also finds that 2019 is on track to be the second or third warmest year in history, with the global average temperature during January through October, roughly 1.1 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial era.

“If we do not take urgent climate action now, then we are heading for a temperature increase of more than 3°C by the end of the century, with ever more harmful impacts on human wellbeing.” More>>

 

NZ First Conflicts Of Interest: New Details Around Timeline

New information has emerged showing it was the New Zealand First chief of staff who identified potential conflicts of interest between a forestry company and two senior government ministers, sparking a series of declarations. More>>

Earlier:

Donations:

Five New Cancer Meds In Six Months: Pharmac Funds More Cancer Medicines, Faster Assessment

PHARMAC has confirmed that two new medicines – olaparib for ovarian cancer and fulvestrant for breast cancer – have been approved for funding... Rituximab and bortezomib, which are already funded, have also been approved for widened access following successful commercial proposals from new suppliers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Stoking Fears About Cannabis Law Reform

It was always going to be hard to have a rational debate on cannabis reform. Far easier for politicians to win votes by stoking alarm... More>>

ALSO:

Tūhoronuku Mandate Recognition Ends: "New Opportunity" For Ngāpuhi Treaty Negotiations

The Crown is providing an opportunity for the hapu of Ngāpuhi to rebuild its framework from the ground up for collective negotiations to deal with its historical Treaty claims... More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Next Phase Of Recovery Underway

“Fresh air will be pumped into the Pike River Mine drift this week, following acceptance of the plan for re-entry beyond the 170m barrier by New Zealand’s independent health and safety regulator WorkSafe." More>>

ALSO:

Peters Stoic: Russia On Afghan Firing Range Deaths

The foreign minister won't be calling in the Russian ambassador concerning comments made about New Zealand soldiers in Afghanistan. In a media briefing late last month, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said New Zealand must investigate crimes against civilians. More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch Call: Online Crisis Response Workshop In Wellington

Governments and tech companies are holding a two-day workshop, hosted by YouTube/Google in Wellington, to test the Christchurch Call Shared Crisis Response Protocol. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels