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Confirmation of Candidature - Candidate : Hailey Hayes

Accessibility Gaps in Disaster Information for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities
20 SEP 2021
2.00 PM - 3.30 PM

The impacts of disasters have complex and long-term effects, however, CALD communities are less prepared and more vulnerable to their impacts meaning they are disproportionately affected when disaster strikes. The ability of CALD communities to effectively prepare for disasters and reduce vulnerability is hindered by a lack of accessible information. 

The severity and frequency of hazards is increasing, so too is the diversity of Queensland. Therefore, there is an urgent need for agencies to tailor their communication approaches to meet the unique information needs of CALD communities. Failure to do so will result in poor outcomes in the response and recovery phases of disasters. 

This study will explore CALD attitudes toward accessing disaster information, how this influences preparedness and ways to improve accessibility.

For more information, please contact the Graduate Research School.