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Disaster Dead Body Management for ASEAN Police First Responders

Project summary

Sector: Education

Country locations: Malaysia, Vietnam

Participating countries: Australia, Malaysia and Vietnam

Grantee: Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine

Project Description

The Asia Pacific region is the world's most disaster prone with significant weather events such as floods, landslides, typhoons and tsunamis that can cause major loss of life. Other mass casualty events in this region include plane crashes, ferries sinking and terrorist attacks. In the aftermath of these events there is a need to undertake the orderly recovery, storage and management of the dead in a way that supports identification and repatriation to families for burial rites. Police are often the first responders to the scenes of mass disasters and are responsible for site command and control. This project will develop and trial training in dead body management for ASEAN police first responders through ASEAN-wide partnerships between forensic medical experts and police. This three year project led by Australia's Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine will involve ASEANAPOL, the Asia Pacific Medico-Legal Agencies (APMLA) network of forensic medical institutions, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and the National Institutes of Forensic Medicine in Malaysia and Vietnam.

Key Dates

  • Project Launch at APMLA meeting, Legian, Indonesia, 19 - 20 September 2016
  • Workshop 1, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 17 - 19 April 2017
  • Workshop 2, Hanoi, Vietnam, 16 October 2017 to 18 October 2017
  • Handover of training curriculum to ASEANAPOL, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 12 March 2018

Social media accounts: Linked In, Facebook and YouTube accounts; links with ASEANAPOL social media

Australia-ASEAN Council grant offer: $70,796 including GST

Total project value: $123,360


Last Updated: 15 August 2016
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