Being better prepared, more capable and more resilient in disaster
The 5th Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference wrapped up for 2016 after two days of meaningful collaboration and discussion of issues impacting preparedness, resilience, response and capability. More than 600 people from five countries attended, including leaders in their field who networked with peers and contributed towards a collaboration of discussion across a broad range of topics covered within the theme of ‘Earth, Fire and Rain’.
The Conference opened with Keynote Speaker Commissioner Katarina Carroll, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services who discussed the role of a leader in a crisis – how a crisis can bring out the best in leadership and how we can better prepare for, respond to and recover from a crisis. Mental health in disaster was a key topic as discussed by Associate Professor Sarb Johal, from the Joint Centre for Disaster Research at Massey University, New Zealand who covered the psychosocial implications of disaster management – in particular the impact of shared trauma on health care professionals following the Canterbury earthquakes.
One of the closing Keynote speakers Ms Julie Molloy, Director, Social Engagement, Volunteering QLD discussed how volunteers are viewed as the best of society and their help is as needed in the first few days as much as it’s needed in the weeks and months following a disaster.
Feedback from delegates was extremely positive and with an extensive range of topics across five streams attending all sessions proved to be difficult task, however podcasts of all the sessions are available to delegates.
The Program Committee would like to thank the 2016 Keynote Speakers
- Mr Jonathan Coppel, Productivity Commissioner, Natural Disaster Funding, Productivity Commission
- Commissioner Katarina Carroll, Commissioner, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
- A/Professor Sarb Johal, Associate Professor in Disaster Mental Health, Joint Centre for Disaster Research Massey University, NZ
- Dr Joanna L. Batstone, Vice President and Lab Director, IBM Research Australia
- A/Professor Brett Aimers, Adjunct Associate Professor, James Cook University, Director, Australian Institute of Emergency Services
- Ms Julie Molloy, Director, Social Engagement, Volunteering QLD
- Mr Brendan Moon, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Reconstruction Authority
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