Christchurch five years on: the effect of 'shared trauma'

From Nine To Noon, 9:30 am on 22 February 2016
 Flowers are placed on the rubble of a building damaged in the quake during a national memorial service held in Christchurch on March 18, 2011 in memory of the earthquake on February 22nd.

Flowers are placed on the rubble of a building damaged in the quake during a national memorial service held in Christchurch on March 18, 2011 in memory of the earthquake on February 22nd. Photo: AFP

Who cares for the support workers after a disaster?

As Massey University Associate Professor in Disaster Mental Health, Sarb Johal has advised and provided clinical support to counsellors working in Christchurch since the worst earthquake there five years ago. He has also been researching the effect of the shared trauma on the medical profession and their patients.

Professor Johal talks with Lynn Freeman about 'shared trauma' ahead of the People In Disasters conference: