Erin is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Medical and Health Sciences and is the Course Coordinator for the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and 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. Dr Smith recently completed a fifteen-year follow up of paramedics and emergency medical technicians who responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York. This research involved interviewing 58 paramedics and EMTs to explore the long-term physical and psychosocial health impacts of responding to 9/11. Other recent research projects explore the role and responsibility of paramedics during disaster response. 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 Smith is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM), where she also holds the positions of Co-Convenor of the Psychosocial Special Interest Group and Deputy Chair of the Oceania Chapter. Dr Smith is currently the Deputy Chair of the Network of Australasian Paramedic Academics (NAPA) Special Interest Group of Paramedics Australasia (PA) and a member of the Victoria Chapter of PA. Dr Smith is also a member of the Research Committee of the Australian and New Zealand College of Paramedicine (ANZCP). Dr Smith was the founding Coordinator of the Cochrane Collaboration's Prehospital and Emergency Health Field and is a member of the Executive Board. Dr Smith is a member the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM), Paramedics Australasia (PA), the Australian and New Zealand College of Ambulance Professionals (ANZCP) and the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association.
The long-term impact of 9/11 on first responders; Professional role and responsibility of paramedics during disaster; Evidence-based disaster health; Secondary trauma among qualitative disaster researchers.
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