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Disaster Management Conference

The Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference was held at Jupiters Gold Coast from 3-5 May 2015.

The Conference united over 450 delegates and featured 10 keynote presenters, 66 session presenters, 8 interactive workshops and panel presentations and 27 poster presentations. The Conference theme, EARTH; FIRE AND RAIN personified the in-depth discussions on natural disaster prevention, readiness, response and recovery both in Australia and globally.
The Exhibition featured 38 organisations presenting innovative products and services to the sector and provided a networking opportunity for guests to engage, continue discussions and maximise their Conference experience.

The Conference host Associations would like to thank all of those who participated in this year’s Conference; the speakers who provided very beneficial, powerful and thought-provoking presentations, the dedicated efforts of our sponsors and supporters, our Conference Co-Chairs Associate Professor Brett Aimers and Mr Peter Sugg along with the Committee members.  Without the huge efforts of those involved this event would certainly not be possible.

We look forward to announcing the dates and venue of the 2016 Conference and appreciate your continued support and involvement with ANZDMC.

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Conference Topics 2015

  • Innovation in Emergency & Disaster Management and Governance
  • Leadership in Disasters: measuring effectiveness and strategies
  • Risk Management, Reduction and Communication
  • Recovery: Defining, Planning, Measuring and Financing
  • Disaster Funding, Law and Policies
  • New Technology and Social Media
  • Public Health: Risk, Response, Recovery & Resilience
  • Volunteers: engagement, training and support
  • Community Resilience: initiatives, engagement and recovery
  • At Risk Groups: vulnerable elements of society
  • Behaviour change: cultural, public and organisational
  • Animals: emergencies and disasters
  • Resilience in Infrastructure
  • International Disasters
  • Local Government Initiatives
  • Open Topics

Keynote Speakers 2015

  • Deputy Commissioner Brett Pointing APM, Regional Operations, Queensland Police Service
  • Dr Richard Thornton, Chief Executive Officer, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC
  • Samantha Chard, Assistant Secretary, Emergency Management Policy Branch, National Security Resilience Policy Division, Attorney-General’s Department
  • Professor Kevin Ronan, Director of Clinical Masters Training Program, School of Psychology, CQ University
  • Tony Pearce, Inspector-General for Emergency Management
  • Elizabeth McNaughton, Director of Strategy and Government Relations, New Zealand Red Cross
  • Mr Duncan Gibb, Executive General Manager - Group Strategic Projects, Fulton Hogan
  • Mr Campbell Fuller, General Manager Communications & Media Relations, Insurance Council Australia
  • Mr Stuart Ellis, CEO, AFAC
  • Mr Clive Manley, Civil Defence and Emergency Management Director, Auckland Council

Search and Rescue Conference (SAR) – 6th May 2015

The Australian & New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference was held at the Jupiters Hotel, Gold Coast on the 6 May 2015 and had over 200 in attendance.

In its first year, the ANZSAR Conference provided a program which focused on the theme Preparing – Deploying – Operating Search and Rescue. The one day event provided a platform for Keynote presenters, 18 session presenters and 3 poster presentation to present their views on air, sea, land-based, urban, wilderness, domestic and overseas search and rescue.

The Conference facilitated the sharing, knowledge and experiences between the different search and rescue agencies, enterprises, communities and professionals.

Why You Should Attend

  • Be exposed to new and innovating ideas and ways of thinking
  • Network with your peers and leaders in their fields
  • Be inspired
    • by an optimistic, action orientated group of people
    • by profound and positive speakers
  • Learn key skills needed for ensuring the future
  • Learn how to make a positive difference

Who Should Attend

  • Emergency Services
  • Managers/ Policy makers/ Government
  • Researchers/Academics
  • Planners/Risk Assessors
  • Volunteer Organisations
  • Insurers/ Financial Institutions
  • Asset Managers/Business Consultants
  • Infrastructure/Equipment Providers
  • Health Professionals involved in Disaster Recovery
  • Facility Managers (Aged care, Hospitals)

Program Committee 2015

  • Associate Professor Brett Aimers, Chief Professional Officer, St John Ambulance Australia
  • Senior Sergeant Stephen Jenkins MAIES (QLD), Projects & Organisational Change Manager, Queensland Police Service, President – AIES
  • Gina Mammone, Manager, Critical Incident and Counselling Services, SES State Headquarters
  • Dr Michael Rumsewicz, Research Manager, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC
  • Christopher Austin, Director, CTS Consultants
  • Associate Professor Dale Dominey-Howes, School of Geosciences, Faculty of Science, The University of Sydney
  • Greg Eustace, Managing Director, Disaster Connect
  • Jens Oppermann, Senior Lecturer, Emergency & Disaster Management, Charles Darwin University
  • Dr Felicity Powell, Principal Researcher, Opus International Consultants Ltd

2015 Sponsors and Exhibitors




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 What delegate said about the 2014 Conference

“Thank you again for what was an inspirational exchange for experience, thoughts and invigorating discussion.”

"The presentations are what make a conference and I lost count of the times someone said they wanted to be in two rooms at once.”

“I enjoyed the diversity of topics and views and the way in which every presentation without fail gave me something to think about.”

“Conference was amazing thoroughly enjoyed it and planning to attend next years.”

“Great presentations - I learnt about new processes and procedures. Good diversity of topics.”

“Presentations were about sharing knowledge and experience rather than 'grandstanding' - well done to the organisers!”

“One of my favourite conferences!"

What happened in 2014?

The Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference was held at the QT Gold Coast from the 5th - 7th May 2014. The Conference was a great success with the program including 11 keynote presenters, 60 session presenters, 10 optional workshops and 21 poster presentation over three days.

The Hosting Association’s would like to thank all of those who participated in this year’s conference; the speakers who provided very beneficial, powerful and thought-provoking presentations, the dedicated efforts of our sponsors and supporters and committee members.

The Program Committee would like to thank our 2014 keynote speakers:  

  • Associate Professor Brett Aimers, Chief Professional Officer, St John Ambulance Australia
  • Dr Paul Barnes, Deputy Director, QUT Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management
  • Dr Penny Lynn Burns, Senior Lecturer, Department of General Practice, University of Western Sydney
  • Mr Neil Comrie, Bushfires Royal Commission Implementation Monitor.
  • Mr Mark Crosweller, Director General, Emergency Management Australia
  • Mayor Lianne Dalziel, Mayor of Christchurch
  • Dr John Durkin, Director, BeTr Foundation, London UK
  • Associate Professor Dale Dominey-Howes, School of Geosciences, Faculty of Science, The University of Sydney
  • Dr Michael Eburn, Assoc Professor, ANU College of Law, Visiting Fellow, Fenner School of Environment and Society (ANU), Affiliate, Disaster and Development Network
  • Dr Ljubica Mamula-Seadon, Director, Seadon Consulting & Research
  • Major General S.L. SMITH, Commander 1st Division / Deployable Joint Forces Headquarters

2014 Sponsors and Exhibitors

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Award for Protecting our Protectors

We would like to congratulate conference committee member Gina Mammone who was awarded an Emergency Services Medal as a part of Australia Day celebrations,honouring her tireless work at the SES for almost 24 years...full story by Bree Fuller here


Joint Initiative of:

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Important Dates

Abstracts open:
October 2014

Abstracts close:
Friday 6 February 2015

Notification to Authors:
Friday 20 February 2015

Author Acceptances:
Monday 2 March 2015

Draft Program available:
Friday 6 March 2015

Full Papers for Peer Review:
Monday 30 March

Earlybird Registrations Close:
Monday 30 March 2015


Contact Us

PO Box 29 Nerang
Qld 4211 Australia

Email:  admin@anzdmc.com.au
Phone:  07 5502 2068

Program Committee 2015

Associate Professor Brett Aimers OStJ, FRCNA (VIC)
Emergency Management Australia & James Cook University

Senior Sergeant Stephen Jenkins MAIES (QLD)
Projects & Organisational Change Manager, Queensland Police Service
President – AIES
(Queensland Division)

Gina Mammone (NSW)
Manager, Critical Incident and Counselling Services
SES State Headquarters

Dr Michael Rumsewicz
Research Manager
Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC

Greg Eustace (QLD)
Managing Director,
Disaster Connect

A/Prof Dale Dominey-Howes
School of Geosciences
Faculty of Science
The University of Sydney

Christopher Austin (QLD)
CTS Consulting

Jens Oppermann (NT)
Lecturer in Emergency & Disaster Management
Charles Darwin University

Dr Felicity Powell
Principal Researcher
Opus International Consultants Ltd

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Disaster & Emergency Management


Tia Rowley, Queensland State Emergency Service

As the winner of the Most Valuable Contribution to the Program

For a full list of winners from the exhibitor passport program click here

Book of Abstracts

Search and Rescue

Conference Archives

Delegates have been sent their login details for the 2014 podcasts.  If you have not received these, please contact the secretariat.

Conference Proceedings and presentations for the 2013 conference are now available - FREE.


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2014 Conference Photos released


To view click here to view the 2013 album


Peer Review Panel

Torrens Resilience Institute (Flinders University)

Chair: Professor Paul Arbon
 * Professor Kristine Gebbie
 * A/Professor Lidia Mayner
 * Dr Olga Anikeeva
 * Dr Malinda Steenkamp