Disaster Talks

Episode 0 -Trailer

October 18, 2022 The Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network (ACATLGN) Season 1 Episode 0
Disaster Talks
Episode 0 -Trailer
Show Notes Transcript

Welcome to Disaster Talks. A new podcast series produced by the Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network at the Australian National University, in collaboration with UNICEF Australia.
Throughout this series, we'll hear from experts and those who've been through it first-hand, on how to best support students and your school community through these challenging experiences.

Disaster Talks Episode 0 – Promo -Transcript

In this episode:

  • Laura Gooyers-Bourke (Host) –Project Officer ACATLGN
  • Michelle Roberts (Co-host) –Psychologist, Director ACATLGN
  • Chris Gostelow –Chief Psychologist, Dept. of Education WA
  • Fran Heath –Principal, Corryong College
  • Ellie Booth –former student, rural VIC
  • Sinan Kerimofski –Collegiate Principal, Dept. of Education WA, former Principal Margaret River PS
  • Olivia –student, mid-north coast, NSW

 

Series Audience Purpose - Learn from the stories of peers and students about how best to support my community through a current or future event, and beyond - skill development and emotional preparedness.

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Transcript

0:00:00 (Laura)
Disaster Talks
is produced by the Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network at the Australian National University in collaboration with UNICEF Australia, and made by FACTS.

 

0:00:12 (Chris)
Every school that we work in has got a history and that history includes the significant incidents in the past and so you can't be ignorant of or disregard what's happened in the past that will impact upon the way people respond to and think about the current incident.

 

0:00:30 (Fran)
Staff are going to need so much support and if there's an ability or a way that you can lighten their load then do it.

 

0:00:40 (Ellie)
When I was about 11, that's when the Black Saturday bushfires came through. I felt as capable in some cases maybe more capable to sort of navigate what was happening as the adults around me.

 

0:00:58 (Laura)
Hi I’m Laura Gooyers-Bourke and I’m the project officer at the Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network. There’s lots of people going through disasters all around the country right now and I think it was important to make this podcast series to let other education leaders know that they’re not alone in their experiences. 

 

0:01:19 (Michelle)
Hi I’m Michelle Roberts, I’m a psychologist, teacher and the director of the Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network at the Australian National University. This podcast series is a chance to share some of the wisdom of other educators and mental health practitioners that work with schools and their community in disasters and critical incidents.

You know it’s said that working with the school community reaches up to 80% of the broader community, this makes schools and learning centres a central hub.

 

0:01:46 (Sinan)
The critical part of a leader is to really have that balance between being a relational leader, but also being one that does direct.

 

0:01:54 (Fran)
Getting an understanding that everyone's perception is their reality and everyone's emotional state is their reality.

 

0:02:00 (Laura)
I think this podcast is a way that we can help those people who’ve gone through it share with with others, to let them know they’re not alone if they’re going through it now and to also help them be a little bit more prepared for what might be coming down the track if they do experience something.

 

0:02:13: (Fran)
You'll have so many people donating things which is you know you’re so grateful and you’re humbled by but you think ‘Oh we don’t actually need this’.

 

0:02:23 (Sinan)
Having the opportunity just to talk about things and to debrief with each other was really important.

 

0:02:27 (Olivia)
I feel like because we were all new to high school we didn’t really know many of the teachers that well and so we did just speak to our friends about stuff and so we got the most help from them.

 

0:02:38 (Chris)
It really is looking at the individual needs, the group needs and the whole school needs and trying to do that simultaneously.

 

0:02:46 (Laura)
Disaster Talks
is produced by the Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network at the Australian National University in collaboration with UNICEF Australia, and made by FACTS.

 

0:02:59 (Sinan)
I’d try and build that sense of community and sense of belonging and trust in the community and trust in the school, and that is a really crucial thing to do.

 

0:03:07 (Laura)
It really makes me think about that saying about disasters that ‘we’re all in the same storm but we’re not in the same boat’.

UNICEF are on the ground in 190 countries as well as here at home in Australia helping children impacted by emergencies and disasters.