The study is designed to explore how individuals, who have been directly or indirectly affected by a bushfire, flood, cyclone or earthquake in Australia and New Zealand, use the internet to meet their post-disaster needs.
The study recognises that individuals who have been directly or indirectly affected by a disaster can respond in different ways to their post-disaster situation, and may have differing perspectives of how useful the internet is after experiencing a disaster.
The study will contribute to the current disaster-related literature and further social work practice knowledge. Please visit the project website (http://www.theonlineconnection.org.au) for more information and to participate in the study.
To be able to participate in the study, you will need to be:
- At least 18 years old;
- Have been affected by one of the listed disasters stated above;
- Have used the internet to (i) share your thoughts and feelings relating to your own disaster-related experiences or (ii) to observe other people's thoughts, feelings or experiences of the disaster.
The study is being conducted by Associate Professor Louise Harms (Principal Supervisor), Dr Lisa Gibbs (Supervisor) and Ms Marian Lok (PhD Candidate) at the University of Melbourne.