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Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference

Welcome to the 2018 Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference to be held on the 21-22 May at the Star Gold Coast. Now into its seventh year, the ANZDMC continues to grow in both size and reputation and this conference has evolved into the premium event of its type, facilitating professional development and the exchange of current ideas and practices between emergency and disaster management practitioners from Australia and New Zealand and further afield. We continue to listen to your feedback and modify the program each year to ensure we are providing professional presenters and papers that are relevant, innovative and support individual professional development.


Featured Speakers 2018

Dr Jeannette Young, Chief Health Officer and Deputy Director-General Prevention Division, Department of Health, Queensland Government

Dr Young has been the Queensland Chief Health Officer since 2005. Previously she worked in a range of positions in Queensland and Sydney. She has specialist qualifications as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators…

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Ms Katarina Carroll, Commissioner, Queensland Fire & Emergency Services (QFES)

Major General Gregory Bilton, Deputy Chief of Joint Operations, Department of Defence – Army

Dr John Bates, Research Director, Bushfire & Natural Disaster CRC

Mr John Yates, Director of Security, Scentre Group & Westfield Corporation

Plenary Panel

Different Perspectives on Disaster Plenary Panel

  • Dr Erin Smith, Senior Lecturer, Paramedical Science, Edith Cowan University (chair)
  • Marian Fontana – 9/11 wife of responder
  • Gill Hicks – victim, London Bombings
  • Cameron Anderson – responder

Invited Keynotes

Mr Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

Ms Sarah Chidgey, Acting Deputy Secretary, National Security and Emergency Management Group, Attorney-General’s Department

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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 and panel sessions
  • Networking function
  • Exhibition of leading industry professionals
  • Poster presentations
  • Access to presenter podcasts and book of proceedings following the conference
  • Certificate of Attendance which may be used towards CPD points

Who Should Attend

  • State Emergency Services
  • Fire & Emergency Services
  • SES
  • Volunteer Organisations
  • Australian Federal Police
  • Red Cross
  • Defence Force
  • University/ Educational Institutes/ Researchers/ Academics
  • Policymakers/ Government/ Local Government/ Councils
  • Emergency Services Managers
  • Health Services
  • Pandemic Planners
  • Asset Managers/ Business Consultants
  • Search and Rescue
  • Planners/ Risk Assessors
  • Facility Managers (Aged Care, Hospitals)
  • Insurers/ Financial Institutions
  • Infrastructure
  • Equipment Providers


Commissioner Ian Stewart

Commissioner Ian Stewart is the 19th Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service taking up this position on 1 November 2012.  Commissioner Stewart is a career Police Officer with over 40 years of service having held numerous senior positions across a broad range of portfolios within the QPS.

  • Conference 2017

Brigadier Christopher Field, AM, CSC

Brigadier Chris Field has served four postings and nine years in Townsville. As a Lieutenant, he commanded a rifle platoon, which included service in Malaysia, and served as mortar line officer in 2nd/4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment. As a Captain, he served as a military observer with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation in Israel, Syria, and Lebanon.

  • Conference 2017


When does abstract submission close?
Can I make a group registration?

If you are registering 3 or more delegates, please complete the excel spreadsheet and return to the Secretariat.

When does early bird registration close?

Earlybird registration closes: AEST Monday 9 April 2018. A discount is available for registrations received and paid before AEST Monday 9 April 2018. Registrations not paid by that date will be re-invoiced at the standard rate.

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