When a volcano erupts: GP tells her disaster medicine story

Three days into her posting, Dr Alison Lyon found herself triaging evacuees on Vanuatu's biggest island

Dr Alison Lyon was just three days into a volunteer position at a medical clinic on Vanuatu’s biggest island, Espiritu Santo, when an erupting volcano on a neighbouring island blanketed communities with ash and toxic fumes.

Dr Alison Lyon.

It was August 2018 and the NSW rural GP was on the front line of the disaster response as the entire population of Ambae