Investigating the application of protection motivation theory to the behaviour of animal owners and emergency responders in bushfire natural hazards.
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My name is Rachel Westcott, and I am a Veterinarian living in the Adelaide Hills.
I am writing to you because I am a PhD candidate with the University of Western Sydney, and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, on the MAiD project (Managing Animals in Disasters), and I will be conducting research in Port Lincoln during 2015. Port Lincoln has been selected by me as the site for my study as it has a variety of animal ownership, has experienced severe bushfires in the last decade and has not been overexposed to surveys and research.
I have a career-long special interest and involvement in practical emergency management as it pertains to animals, their owners and Emergency Services personnel.I would greatly value your involvement with my research, which will examine the interactions between animal owners and Emergency Services during the Response phase of a bushfire. All species of animals, and all types of animal owners will be part of the study, including livestock and primary producers.I want to hear about your experiences and your ideas.
During June 2015, I will be contacting various individuals, community groups, businesses and Emergency Services personnel to invite people to participate in the study. The first phase of the project will take place in small discussion groups, and some interviews. Later, there will be a survey to follow up on information gathered initially.
For more information, or to register an expression of interest, please call or text me on 0427 70 70 44. Please leave a message if I am unable to answer your call.  Email contact is welcome at