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Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference

The 2018 Australian & New Zealand Disaster & Emergency Management Conference on Monday 21 – Tuesday 22 May 2018 wrapped up after two days of presentations, discussion and networking. Feedback from the delegates was excellent with many commenting on the high standard of the speakers, the broad depth of topics, a good balance of theory and practical examples in addition to the opportunity of networking with like-minded cohorts.


The Program Advisory Committee would like to thank our keynote speakers, oral and poster presenters and session chairs for their valuable contribution to the discussion and debate.

Some great data about our delegates this year:

We were joined by Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, CEOs, Clinical Director Mental Health Service, Psychiatrists, psychologists, Deputy Chief, Deputy Directors, Directors, community leaders, Intelligence Communications Officers, Mayors, medical officers, GPs, Operations Managers, nurses, psychologists, Rangers, retrieval specialists, consultants, Inspectors, Sergeants, Superintendents, aircrew, managers, pilots, engineers, recruiters, strategists, resilience professionals, program officers, policy officers, learning and development educators, researchers and academics – to name a few!

Delegate state of origin: 39% QLD, 18% NSW, 15% VIC, 9% SA, 5% International, 4% ACT, 4% New Zealand, 2% NT, 2% TAS & 2% WA

Delegates should have received the following:

Feedback / evaluation survey
Conference Certificate
Resource Centre login will be available by 15 June 2018 a so you can listen to ALL presentations again!

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2018 Conference Program

Conference Program 2018

Monday 21 May
Plenary: 8:45am – 12:30pm
Breakouts: 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Welcome Reception: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Tuesday 22 May
Breakouts: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Plenary: 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Wednesday 23 May
Search and Rescue Conference:

Conference Partners 2018

Featured Speakers 2018

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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John joined Westfield in November 2013 in a newly created role as Director of Security for Scentre Group in Australia and New Zealand & Westfield Corporation in the United Kingdom, United States and the emerging markets. He also has responsibility for the corporate security requirements of the Lowy family and their private assets…

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As Deputy Commissioner for the Emergency Management, Volunteerism and Community Resilience (EMVCR) Division within Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES), Mike is committed to enhancing volunteerism, strengthening QFES capabilities…

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Dr Bates joined the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC as Research Director In 2017, where he Is responsible for managing the CRC’s research and utilisation program. Prior to joining the CRC, he was the founding Director of the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience.

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Major General Greg Bilton was born in Melbourne, Australia. After completing his secondary education at Melbourne High School he entered the Royal Military College in 1983 and graduated to the Royal Australian Artillery Regiment in 1986.

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Nev Hyman is an internationally renowned entrepreneur, having established two of the best known and most successful surfboard brands in the world, Nev Future Shapes and Firewire Surfboards.

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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

Other Information

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

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


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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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