In this interview, Amanda reflects on what motivated her to work and volunteer in the disaster fields, how she looks after her wellbeing when dealing with this challenging work, and the role of the Australasian Women in Emergencies network that she has co-founded.
Bushfires do not differentiate. Their destructive path is not defined by a reasoning of who lies in it, their impacts more often bring community together, rather than separate. Can the same be said about the support available to communities following such an event? Are pre-conceived concepts of ‘community’ colouring attempts to facilitate post-disaster recovery?