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Disaster Management Conference

The Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference will be held at Jupiters Gold Coast on the 4th - 5th May 2015

Optional workshops are being held on the 3rd May 2015 from 1.30pm.

2015 will be our 4th Annual Conference, continuing our support for the Disaster and Emergency Management community. You are invited to join us as we continue our focus on natural disasters with the conference theme of “EARTH; FIRE AND RAIN”.

The Conference will feature multi-agency presentations covering all phases of emergency and disaster management – prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.  There will be representation by fire, ambulance, emergency, rescue, volunteer, defence and health sectors.

Presentations will facilitate discussion and provide a spotlight on developing leaders in Disaster and Emergency Community. The conference program will include an extensive range of topics with Keynotes, Concurrent Sessions, Case Studies, Workshops and Posters.  

The Conference is a joint initiative of four 'not-for-profit' organisations: Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Australian Institute of Emergency Services, Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association Inc, Association for Sustainability in Business Inc.


Join me in 2015 for what has now become a premier disaster and emergency management conference for the Asia-Pacific region and beyond – the Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference.

Last year our conference attracted more than 400 delegates and received abstract and poster submissions from 18 countries; a sure sign that our approach to delivering an inclusive, engaging and contemporary program is a successful one.

In keeping with this approach, 2015 will be no different and will include a focus on research whilst maintaining an interest on showcasing contemporary innovation and approaches to disaster and emergency management. One of the strengths of the ANZDMC is its broad applicability to a wider range of the disaster and emergency management community; this includes and is not limited to health, welfare, maritime, volunteers, fire, search and rescue and law enforcement.

With the ever-increasing nature of larger-scale disasters and emergencies impacting our communities and a renewed focus on catastrophic planning, the ANZDMC is an ideal and appropriate conference to come together to share innovative practice, understand emerging research themes and discuss collective challenges with a view to improving our planning for, response to and recovery from emergencies and disasters.

Associate Professor Brett Aimers
Co-Chair - ANZDMC

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 Program Highlights

The program is intended to provide all participants with an opportunity to contribute and learn. The program will examine what we have learnt in the past few years and provided a comprehensive forum to address the expertise, competencies and systems relating to the preparedness for future disasters, emergencies and hazards and the ability to recover from them quickly and efficiently.

The program will include:

  • Keynote presentations by renowned speakers
  • Concurrent sessions, workshops and panel sessions
  • Networking Function
  • Exhibition of the leading industry professionals
  • Poster Presentations
  • Access to presenter podcasts and book of proceedings following the conference

Conference Topics

  • 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

  • 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

A new development is the launch of the Australian & New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference to be held on 6th May 2015 at Jupiters Gold Coast. The conference brings together leading search and rescue practitioners to discuss challenges of preparing, deploying and operating search and rescue. The aim of the conference is to facilitate sharing, knowledge and experience between the different search and rescue agencies, enterprises, communities and professionals. Presentations will cover air, sea, land-based, urban, wilderness, domestic and overseas search and rescue. For more information please visit http://sar.anzdmc.com.au/

Workshops – 3rd May 2015

Pre-conference workshops are available for delegates and non-delegates as an optional extra. Key issues in disaster and emergency management such as Risk Management and Contingency Planning will be discussed.

Presenter Award

The session presentation judged to have made the most valuable contribution to the educational program will be awarded with a commemorative plaque and one full registration and 2 night’s accommodation for the 2016 conference.

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)
Chief Professional Officer,
St John Ambulance Australia

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

Get Conference Updates



Disaster & Emergency Management

Search and Rescue

Book of Abstracts

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