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

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

Geographical Research

  • Author(s): Astill, Sandra
  • Published: 2017
  • Volume: 55

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.

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Astill, Sandra, 2017, Ageing in remote and cyclone-prone communities: geography, policy, and disaster relief: Ageing in remote and cyclone-prone communities, Volume:55, Journal Article, viewed 13 June 2024, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=26715.

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