Disaster & Emergency Management Conference 2020

Tuesday, 17 March, 2020

Disaster & Emergency Management Conference 2020

The Disaster & Emergency Management Conference will be taking place from 1–2 June 2020, in Queensland. The conference will be held at the RACV Royal Pines Resort in Cold Coast, Queensland, and is designed for professionals in the disaster planning, emergency management, defence, and search and rescue industries. Co-hosted by the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association, Australian Institute of Emergency Services (AIES) and the Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC, the event provides a platform for attendees to share ideas, acquire skills and develop strategies to improve search and rescue operations. Programs for the conference will be available from Friday, 13 March 2020.

Keynote speakers at this year’s conference include Rhys Jones, CEO of Fire and Emergency New Zealand; Senator Jim Molan; Sascha Rundle, Manager of ABC Emergency Broadcasting; and Deputy Commissioner Stephen Gollschewski, from the Queensland Police Service. The conference will feature a singular stream of presentations dedicated to search and rescue operations, highlighting all case studies, developments, challenges and opportunities faced by search and rescue workers. The conference will address a range of topics, including Leadership: Preparing for, and shaping the future, and Community Engagement: Embracing the knowledge and untapped potential. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to develop relationships with fellow emergency service professionals across the industry.

Professor Len Notaras, Executive Director of National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre, will be a guest speaker at the conference. Professor Notaras will address how ready Australia is, as a nation, for the coronavirus outbreak, drawing on his vast experience in health and disaster response work. The conference will also be addressing other disaster and emergency topics, such as search and rescue, how to engage with your community and mental health for frontline and emergency workers.

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