Sharing of research findings on Chinese urban and rural disaster health risk literacy in University of Western Australia


To promoting academic exchange in the field of disaster and medical humanitarian response, CCOUC Director Prof. Emily Chan paid a 3-day to University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth and presented two public lectures on urban and rural disaster health risk literacy at the Institute of Advanced Studies of UWA on 1 October 2014.


The first lecture entitled “Are individual health emergency risk perception associated with household-based health emergency preparedness in Hong Kong? Overview of findings” looked into the findings of a population-based survey conducted in 2012 in Hong Kong on disaster health risk literacy, which describes the capability of individuals to acquire, evaluate and comprehend basic disaster information in order to be prepared for disasters, to implement emergency responses and to mitigate the effects of disaster.


The following major findings about disaster preparedness in this densely populated cosmopolis in China were communicated to the audience, which highlight the gaps between disaster risk perception and disaster risk preparedness:


The second lecture entitled “Disaster preparedness and response in remote, disaster-prone, ethnic minority-based communities in China: What have we learnt so far?” in turn examined disaster health risk literary in remote rural China learnt in CCOUC’s flagship Ethnic Minority Health project since 2009, focusing on the recent trip to the mountainous Hongyan Village of Yi ethnic minorityin southern Sichuan Province.


The following are some major findings from questionnaire surveys shared with the audience