Erin is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Medical and Health Sciences and is the Course Coordinator for the Master of Disaster and Emergency Response.
Dr Erin Smith has extensive experience teaching and researching within the multidisciplinary fields of prehospital and disaster health. Dr Smith’s PhD research conducted through the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University explored paramedic perception of risk and willingness to work during disasters. This research involved conducting interviews and focus groups with nearly 100 paramedics in Australia, New York and London. Most recently, Dr Smith has completed a fifteen-year follow up of medics who responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York. This research involved interviewing 54 medics at five-year milestones following the attacks exploring the long-term physical and psychosocial health impacts on the medics. Dr Smith is widely published in both the prehospital and disaster health literature and has presented her research at many national and international conferences where she has been an invited presenter and a best-presentation award winner.
Dr Erin Smith is the Deputy Chair of the World Association for Disaster Medicine’s (WADEM) Oceania Chapter. She is also a Research Committee Member and a member of the Psychosocial Committee of WADEM. Erin is also a member of the Emergency Services and Disaster Special Interest Group of the American Public Health Association. Erin was an Executive Board Member of the Cochrane Collaboration’s Prehospital and Emergency Health Field (CPEHF).
Dr Smith’s primary area of research interest is the long-term physical and mental health impact on 9/11 medics. Dr Smith also has an interest in exploring acceptable standards of care for emergency health professionals during disasters and emerging health threats. Most recently Erin has been investigating altered standards of care for emergency responders during public health crises.
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