Disaster Talks

Disaster Talks

Have you thought about how you would lead your school through a disaster? Disasters are becoming more frequent, so as educators we often have to consider what we would do if a disaster impacted our school community. Disaster Talks speaks with principals, teachers, students, and school mental health and education department leaders to hear what they have learnt from their experiences of disaster and what they wished they knew before the disaster hit. This series shares the learning from people who've experienced bushfires and floods first-hand and experts who provide advice about the best way to support your school community through these challenging experiences. From how to manage offers of support; to strategies for talking with students, Disaster Talks offers practical tips and evidence-based advice for school leaders, teachers and families. Disaster Talks is produced by the Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network at the Australian National University in collaboration with UNICEF Australia. Our Host is Laura Gooyers-Bourke and Co-host is Michelle Roberts. Executive Producer and Editor is Liz Keen — from Headline Productions.


October 19, 2022 49 min

We can learn a lot with the benefit of hindsight. 
It's hard to do everything perfectly on a normal day, let alone in the midst of an intense event like a disaster. When we look back, it's common to see ways it could have been done differently. 
In this episode you'll hear from education leaders who've been through it themselves, and share reflections on what they wished they knew before their communities experienced ...

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As a school leader, you're the expert of your school community, but during a crisis, you'll need to draw on supports from other agencies and education departments.
In this episode, we look at the bigger systems picture behind a school's disaster response and hear from some of the experts who lead the departments that can offer you critical support during these challenging times.

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October 19, 2022 29 min

Students and children can offer such valuable contributions in the context of disasters, if we only take the time to ask them. 
In this episode, we'll hear the experiences of children in disasters, in their own words, and get a better understanding of how we can best support them, and what they need from their school community before, during, and after a disaster.

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October 18, 2022 3 min

Welcome to Disaster Talks. A new podcast series produced by the Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network at the Australian National University, in collaboration with UNICEF Australia.
Throughout this series, we'll hear from experts and those who've been through it first-hand, on how to best support students and your school community through these challenging experiences.

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