Douglas Paton

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BACKGROUND This research was a part of a contestable rapid response initiative launched by the Health Research Council of New Zealand and the Ministry of Health in response to the 2009 influenza A pandemic. The aim was to provide health authorities in New Zealand with evidence-based practical information to guide the development and delivery of effective(More)
The ability of mature forms of Plasmodium falciparum infected erythrocytes to bind to a range of host receptors including those displayed on endothelial cells has been associated with the pathology of this infection. Investigations into this adhesive phenomenon have used protein and cell-based adhesion assays to quantify the ability of infected red blood(More)
This paper discusses the development of a new model of police officer resiliency. Following Antonovsky's definition of resilience, the model is built on the view that the resilience of a person or group reflects the extent to which they can call upon their psychological and physical resources and competencies in ways that allow them to render challenging(More)
The suddenness and scale of the 26 December 2004 tsunami and the challenges posed to affected communities highlighted the benefits of their members having a capacity to confront and adapt to the consequences of such a disaster. Research into adaptive capacity or resilience has been conducted almost exclusively with Western populations. This paper describes(More)
Police officers face the occupational hazard of repeated exposure to traumatic stressors. Additionally, as for employees of any large organization, they are subjected to routine organizational stressors in the workplace. Although police work is generally believed to be inherently stressful, very little is known of the impact of the police organization upon(More)
A pandemic will impose considerable demands on communities over a period of several weeks; thus, people must develop means to facilitate their resilience in such an event. This article describes the development and testing of a model to inform public education strategies to facilitate the sustained adoption of the preparedness and protective measures that(More)
JOURNAL OF PACIFIC RIM PSYCHOLOGY Volume 4, Issue 1 pp. 53–60 Address for correspondence: Alicia Copping, School of Psychology, Locked Bag 1342, UTAS, Newnham TAS 7250, Australia. E-mail: A 16 year old girl is walking home from school. Suddenly she is attacked by a group of four older men. The men drag her into a nearby house where she(More)
JOURNAL OF PACIFIC RIM PSYCHOLOGY Volume 3, Issue 2 pp. 39–46 Address for correspondence: David McIvor, School of Psychology, University of Tasmania, Locked Bag 1342, Launceston TAS 7250, Australia. E-mail: In areas susceptible to experiencing the consequences of natural hazard activity, a key facet of risk management involves(More)
Multi-agency coordination represents a significant challenge in emergency management. The need for liaison officers working in strategic level emergency operations centres to play organizational boundary spanning roles within multi-agency coordination arrangements that are enacted in complex and dynamic emergency response scenarios creates significant(More)
Prior research has found little or no direct link between beliefs about earthquake risk and household preparedness. Furthermore, only limited work has been conducted on how people's beliefs influence the nature and number of preparedness measures adopted. To address this gap, 48 qualitative interviews were undertaken with residents in three urban locations(More)