National Dog Day – August 26
National Dog Day is celebrated in Australia on August 26th every year. “This day celebrates all our canine breeds and helps to educate the public to recognise the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year. This day also honours our family dogs and the canines that work selflessly to save lives and putRead More
National support network needed for police mental health
A national network providing support to police experiencing trauma should be established to better deal with officers’ mental health, the national police unions has said. In its submission to a senate inquiry examining the mental health of emergency workers, the Police Federation of Australia recommended an independent service provider network be set up in every stateRead More
When is it OK to call an ambulance?
When would you call 000 for an ambulance? When a fall results in a nasty fracture? Concern that labour is progressing so rapidly that you’ll give birth before you can get to hospital? Weakness from prolonged vomiting and diarrhoea? If you take a look at some Australian ambulance websites, none of these examples meet their definitionRead More
New resilience strategy highlights the disasters that could bring Sydney to a shuddering halt
Australia’s largest metropolis has simply been “lucky” to avoid a city stopping disaster, a group of resilience experts have said. But Sydney’s luck could be about to run out, and if the city isn’t felled by extreme heatwaves and terror attacks, more insidious creeping catastrophes such as housing affordability and chronic illness could do itRead More
What emergency preparations should I make for my pet?
You know what to do in an emergency, right? You’d probably grab the photo albums, gather the pets and make a run for it. But have you really thought about how you’ll save your pets? It’s a great idea to have an emergency plan for the animals in your care, so you can give themRead More
The Aussie open source effort that keeps a million drones in the air
The huge progress made in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology over the last decade is thanks to one person more than any other. And he’s a complete dummy. His name is Outback Joe, a mannequin, who over the years has represented a bushwalker lost in Woop Woop and desperate for water, a worker who’s uteRead More
Five Survival Skills Movies Taught You Wrongly
Movies are great at telling stories, but they’re horrible at teaching basic survival skills. Here are five of the ways they’ve led us astray – from performing CPR to battling wild animals. Movies and TV shows are meant as entertainment. As such, they tend to take shortcuts. Sometimes the survival methods they “teach” carry overRead More
Disaster plan ‘empowers’ vulnerable towns
From highly-equipped communities to new disaster dashboards, councils are focusing on preparedness and information in their approaches to emergency management. After a tornado ripped through Burrum Heads in 2013 leaving it isolated and without power for three days, the coastal Queensland community of some 2,000 residents knew it needed to better prepare for major emergencies.Read More
BOM declares a 50 per cent chance of El Nino this spring
Warm and dry — that has been the story of the season, and now there is a good chance that is set to continue for south-east Australia. The Bureau of Meteorology has just declared an El Nino ‘watch’, which means that while we are still in the neutral phase of the El Nino Southern OscillationRead More
How does altitude affect the body and why does it affect people differently?
Every year, thousands of people travel to high-altitude environments for tourism, adventure-seeking, or to train and compete in various sports. Unfortunately, these trips can be marred by the effects of acute altitude sickness, and the symptoms vary from person to person. To understand why people are affected differently, we have to look at how theRead More