Erin Smith

Disaster and Emergency Response, School of Medical Sciences, Edith Cowan University

Associate Professor Erin Smith, Course Coordinator for Postgraduate Studies in Disaster and Emergency Response, Edith Cowan University

Erin is a member of the Board of Directors for the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine where she also holds the positions of Convenor of the Psychosocial Special Interest Group and Deputy Chair of the Oceania Chapter.

Erin is a member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Prehospital and Disaster Medicine and the Journal of High Threat and Austere Medicine. An active volunteer in her community, Erin is the Well-Being Team Lead for the Australian Red Cross – Emergency Services Victoria, where she is also an emergency services responder. She is also a Committee Member of The Code 9 Foundation, a charity providing support to first responders and 000 operators who live with mental health conditions resulting from their service to the community.

Erin writes a regular column “Let’s Talk Mental Health” for the Australian Emergency Services Magazine and has also been published in The Conversation and An active researcher in prehospital and disaster response, she is a member of the Research Committee of the Australasian College of Paramedicine where she is also a mentor of early-career researchers.

12:00 - 12:45 (AEST)

Thursday 18 June Masterclass 5

Lessons Learnt from COVID-19 for our First Responders: Understanding the Complexities of PTSD


  • How to prevent post traumatic stress symptoms from becoming post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • How support provided by families can be a vital protective factor.
  • Why families of first responders need to be more actively included in mental health conversations and educational initiatives
  • How families can be supported as they live alongside PTSD

30 min presentation followed by 15 min of Q&A