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1 Psychosocial Care in the Netherlands during disasters Henk Schenk, MD, Public Health Specialist, Master of Crisis and Disaster management

2 Principals Based on a national model In general, an up scaled normal situation

3 Corporation with actors in the field Psychiatric crisis services Social services (Maatschappelijk Werk) Victim support (Slachtoffer Hulp)

4 Organized by all 25 security regions In scale varying between till > 1,5 million inhabitants

5 Operations during a disaster Policy team of decision makers Psychosocial recovery teams in the field Only within the first 72 hours After 72 hour  family doctors and usual psychosocial care organizations

6 Skills Professionals working in the field of psychosocial care Trained on disaster psychosocial care ? Exercising ? The question marks represent the obtainable situation

7 Practices About two – three a year in the Netherlands

8 Conclusions There is not much experience in the Netherlands with psychosocial care during disasters. Know How is scattered over 25 regions

9 Discussion on new perspectives Evidence based approach with information from other countries Organization of the acute (< 72 hours) psychosocial care on a larger scale.


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