Ageing in remote and cyclone-prone communities: geography, policy, and disaster relief: ageing in remote and cyclone-prone communities

Astill, Sandra (2017) Ageing in remote and cyclone-prone communities: geography, policy, and disaster relief: ageing in remote and cyclone-prone communities. Geographical Research, 55 (4). pp. 456-468.

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Abstract

Focussing on the experience of independent-living older adults, this study explored how those in regional Australian coastal communities have coped with repeated natural disasters. Using an exploratory, mixed-method, and phenomenological approach, an array of non-probability snowballing techniques was used to seek participation from residents aged 65 years or more, and from emergency services officers, disaster managers, and community health care providers located in regional communities affected by Cyclone Larry (2006) and Cyclone Yasi (2011). The research found that post-disaster political decisions have had a negative long-term impact on local economies, causing outmigration by those seeking employment, and resulting in many elderly residents facing a future without family support. As government policies encourage ageing-in-place by providing subsidised in situ care, increasingly older adults are remaining in exposed vulnerable locations, reliant on authorities for their survival both day-to-day and during an emergency. Findings also uncovered inconsistent disaster management policies between neighbouring local government councils and an unrealistic reliance on in situ care organisations by disaster managers during preparation and recovery stages of a natural hazard. These results highlight the need for those charged with emergency management to reassess both the future natural hazard adaptive capacities of ageing regional communities and policy responses to such challenges.

Item ID: 47280
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1745-5871
Keywords: ageing populations; disaster relief; economic recovery; in situ care; cyclone
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2017 02:20
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4404 Development studies > 440406 Rural community development @ 40%
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3304 Urban and regional planning > 330401 Community planning @ 20%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440610 Social geography @ 40%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9610 Natural Hazards > 961099 Natural Hazards not elsewhere classified @ 25%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920413 Social Structure and Health @ 25%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940103 Ageing and Older People @ 50%
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