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International programs, Australian Red Cross

Summary

International development programs and aid are a core function of the national office of the Australian Red Cross. Funds were initially donated to the Red Cross Society in the nation affected by disaster, as in the Japanese earthquake of 1923. From the 1970s, the national office of the Australian Red Cross has directly appealed for, and received, funds to assist in major international operations. The Australian Red Cross Field Force of overseas workers provided relief in the field during World War II into the 1970s. In many respects, these were the forerunners of Australian Red Cross delegates, who provide specialist skills for international programs, development and assignments by Red Cross Societies. Some of these delegates come under the International Committee of the Red Cross, others under the Federation, and some under the Australian Red Cross, depending upon the project. In 2004, the International Department of Australian Red Cross had specific desks for the areas, such as the Asia-Pacific, which serve as contact points for development programs. The Australian Red Cross's Strategy 2005 aimed to provide high quality international humanitarian assistance and development programs in partnership with governments, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and vulnerable communities.

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Archival resources

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Annual Reports of the Australian Red Cross Divisions and Blood Service, 1914 - 2007, 2015.0029 (NO26); Australian Red Cross, National Office; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details
  • Annual Reports of the Australian Red Cross, National Office, 1914 - 2009, 2015.0027 (NO13); Australian Red Cross (1914 - ), Australian Red Cross, National Office; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details
  • International project files, 1954 - 2005, 2016.0057 2016.0057 2016.0057; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details
  • Minutes and Meeting Papers, Australian Red Cross National Council, 1914 - 2002, 2015.0028 (NO14); Australian Red Cross (1914 - ), Australian Red Cross, National Office; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details
  • Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) and Field Force Personnel records, 1916 - 1990, 2016.0050; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Penny Robinson

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