Rising from the Rubble: A health system’s extraordinary response to the Canterbury Earthquakes by Dr Michael Ardagh and Dr Joanne Deely was launched on Thursday 22 November at the University Bookshop, writes CUP publisher Catherine Montgomery.
Based on many hours of interviews with people in the Canterbury health system, Rising from the Rubble presents an important aspect of our recent history that isn’t widely or well known.
We were lucky to have two launch speakers whose stories feature in the book: Jan Bone, Emergency Medicine specialist at Christchurch Hospital and Alan Bavis, Maintenance and Engineering (M&E) manager for Canterbury DHB at the time of the quakes.
Their speeches provided fascinating insights into some of the challenges faced by those who fought to ensure continuity of care in the aftermath: the medical staff managing an influx of hundreds of patients, and those who fought to support them by keeping the hospital functioning despite the damage to buildings and infrastructure.
In their response, authors Dr Jo Deely and Dr Mike Ardagh acknowledged the massive contribution of all the staff working in a variety of roles in the health system, not just in the immediate aftermath but in the challenging years that followed.
Be in to win
You can purchase your own copy of Rising from the Rubble from UBS (University Bookshop), or go in the draw to win a copy by answering the following question.
Question: Who wrote the foreword for the book?
Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12noon Wednesday 5 December.