Disaster preparedness: A refection of interdepartmental collaboration for the Gold Coast 2018 commonwealth Games

Ms Michelle Buckland1, Mr Peter Mcnamee1, Ms Emily Ragus2
1Gold Coast Hospital Health Service, Southport, Australia, 2Health Disaster Management Unit, Brisbane, Australia

Aim of presentation: This presentation aims to provide an overview of the collaboration between two agencies, Gold Coast Hospital Health Service and Queensland Health Disaster Management Unit in the disaster preparedness preparations for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

This presentation will cover:

A) Four key aspects when planning for a major event, and their application to a mass gathering (the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games):

  1. Collaboration
  2. Business as Usual (except for where you need to make exceptions)
  3. Analysis
  4. Departmental readiness

B) Lessons learnt from the disaster planning process for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

Central to the success of the disaster planning was the ability for leaders to network via an organised central planning group, clear communication between key stakeholder groups, positive departmental culture, and a commonality of the same goal. Transparency, mentorship and a sense of equality were also featured.

Conclusion: Effective and efficient collaborations between departments facilitated effective resolution of issues that ensured the delivery of a common goal for this disaster preparedness activity.


Michelle Buckland is an experienced Registered Nurse and Midwife, currently employed at Gold Coast Hospital Health Service as the Nurse Manager of Governance, Risk, Audit and Disaster, in the Emergency Department.

Emily Ragus is a Helicopter Trauma Nurse, with a background in Emergency Nursing. She currently works at the Health Disaster Management Unit as the Disaster Liaison Clinical Nurse Consultant. Emily is a member of the AUSMAT team and is the state coordinator for MIMMS – Major Incident Medical Management and Support. She has just been awarded the NCCTRC Winston Churchill Fellowship.