Indonesia has a unique geographical conditions because there is three tectonic plates of the world, there are the Eurasian plate, the Indo-Australian plate and the Pacific plate, so the earthquake and tsunami potential arise anytime. There are also 129 of the 500 volcanoes in Indonesia are active in Sumatra, Java, Bali, Nusa Tenggara, North Sulawesi and the Maluku Islands.

Data from the Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB; 2016) shows that since 2000 there have been many types of natural disasters resulting in great damage and many casualties. For example in 2004 the tsunami disaster in the province of Banda Aceh with the casualties over 230,000 people, in 2006 there was an earthquake in Bantul, Yogyakarta Province with the casualties over 6200 people, and in 2010 the earthquake and tsunami in Mentawai Islands West Sumatra that killed more than 440 people.

In these misfortunes, so many agencies and community members domestic and foreign who participated in dealing with disasters. Greater community participation not yet get optimal treatment because it is less directional and lack of basic knowledge and skills needed in disaster management. In fact, many people who do not know what to do when in the affected areas.

On the other hand, the brain injury is one part of the injuries that occur as a result of trauma cases. Figures disability and death from brain injury is still high, although the mortality rate has declined from year to year and in 2013 by 3%. Another thing to note is that many brain injury occurs in the productive age will greatly affect productivity and nation’s progress. (Brain Injury Management Guidelines, 2014)

It is why we conduct seminars and workshop with the title “International Symposium on Neurotrauma and Mass Disaster Management”. With the implementation of this event we hope to equip participants with skills and abilities necessary and capable in dealing with various kinds of disaster situations.

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