Transport resilience during natural disasters

The devastation caused by natural disasters is a test of strength of infrastructure and resilience of the communities affected, but also has far-reaching consequences beyond the immediate disaster area.

Professor Peter Tatham and Dr Yong Wu have undertaken a research project with colleagues from the Urban Research Program and Curtin University to identify ways to improve the resilience of the transport network prior to, during, and in the aftermath of natural disasters, and thereby reduce the impacts of such events on communities and businesses.

Supply chain preparedness for maggot debridement therapy in Kenya

Maggot Debridement Therapy (MDT), is a medical treatment where specially bred sterile maggots are placed onto a wound to eat dead flesh and fight infection, making it an effective and affordable treatment for patients in poor countries who suffer from chronic or infected wounds.

PhD candidate, Frank Stadler (supervised by Professor Peter Tatham and Professor Ramon Shaban), has undertaken an evaluation of the fledgling MDT supply chain in Kenya. Learnings emerging from this research will leverage opportunities and remove barriers for Kenya-wide delivery of MDT, and will inform the provision of maggot therapy services in other compromised healthcare settings.

Using drones to assess needs in the aftermath of disaster

In the immediate aftermath of a sudden onset disaster, speed of response is critical to the reduction of mortality impact of the event on survivors. However, response efforts are frequently hampered by the challenges in understanding and prioritising “who wants what where” questions essential for the needs assessment process.

Professor Peter Tatham is leading a project that will link drones to developing existing systems to support the development of a ‘digital humanitarian’ approach that is capable of bringing clarity to the impact of a disaster in hours (rather than days/weeks).

Use of 3D printing in a disaster response environment

Access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities is a key public health issue in the face of natural disasters, leaving people at risk of disease.

Professor Peter Tatham is researching the use of 3D printing in support of the development of WASH facilities in a development/disaster response environment.

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