This research will test whether there is a spatial relationship between the extent of physical damage from natural disasters and non-injury psycho-social stress related health outcomes that while not acute, may significantly impact rehabilitation and reconstruction of an affected location.
The hypothesis is that adverse stress-related health outcomes (eg cardiovascular risk or anxiety) are greater among people who have experienced greater physical damage to their communities and homes than other those who have experienced less damage, but who also live in the city.
The PhD will focus on the 2010-11 Christchurch earthquakes. GIS will be used to estimate exposure to physical damage and community disruption; and spatial statistical methods will be developed to model exposure indicators to health data at a fine spatial scale. Point level hospital Emergency Department attendance and Healthline telephone data will be used to measure health outcomes.
Highlight: Daniel's on Board
Daniel Hogg has submitted his PhD proposal and it has been approved by the University of Canterbury.
Daniel and Simon Kingham both presented at the CRCSI Health workshop in Perth in May 2013, and took part in the following workshops and WA Roadshow.
Daniel presented at the "XVth International Medical Geography Symposium" (July 7-12, 2013) at Michigan State University in East Lansing (Michigan, United States): “My presentation was part of a special Session on Thursday (11th of July) about the earthquake recovery in Christchurch, NZ. The session was chaired by Dr. David Conradson and the title of my presentation was Geographical Variation in the Health Impacts of Earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand.
"Within my presentation I talked about the background, questions and hypothesis, current status and further steps of my research highlighting the time component and accounting for the mobility of the people by tracking them through the health system as an essential, but also challenging part of my work. The audience gave some very interesting comments that will help me with the next steps and enhance my research.”