5 Reasons to Attend this Year’s Disaster & Emergency Management Conference
If you’re looking for a vibrant place to connect with old industry colleagues, meet new ones and discover what’s new in the world of disaster and emergency management, you’ve come to the right place.
Read on to discover our top five reasons to attend this year’s conference.
Hear Amazing Lived-Experience Speakers
Amongst nine inspiring keynote speakers and 70 concurrent speakers, you will hear from a range of lived-experience presenters and professionals who played an active role in the aftermath of disasters around the world.
Dr Andrew Walby, Director of Emergency Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne will recount his experience in the aftermath of the Bourke Street car attack on 20 January 2017. Mr Chris Bowie will be discussing the impacts of long-term disaster recovery from the 2010/11 Canterbury earthquakes. Mr Pardeep Lal will share his knowledge and insight into rehabilitation and recovery as it relates to Cyclone Winston in Fiji.
Discover What Other Industry Leaders are Planning for the Future
During two days, you will hear from presenters who will discuss plans for resilience, dealing with issues of violence, trauma and wellbeing, the importance of collaboration and communication during times of emergencies and strategies for recovery. In hearing from first responders such as police, fire and ambulance workers through to universities, volunteer organisations and independent consultants, you gain well-rounded insight into past, present and future plans
A 1.5-hour panel presentation on day one of the conference will unite professionals who will discuss the challenges faced with floodwater safety and risk communication, with a panel on day two discussing how organisations are meant to use ‘community led approaches’ in recovery.
Enjoy an Easy Networking Opportunity
How often do you get the chance to break away from the daily grind and expand your network of contacts face to face? The Australian & New Zealand Disaster & Emergency Management Conference attracts a variety of frontline workers, volunteers, academics, researchers and government workers into one space. If you’re looking for the opportunity to get in front of the right people to partner up, gain advice or offer insight to advance your career, this is it.
Experience the Beauty of the Gold Coast
One of the bonuses of getting away from the daily grind to learn something new is being able to do it in scenic, coastal surrounds. Enjoy the beauty of the Gold Coast over your two day stay (or, if you’re attending the proceeding Search & Rescue Conference, extend your stay and make a mini-vacation of it). Relax as you take advantage of the luxurious amenities at Royal Pines Resort or get out and about to discover the range of restaurants, bars or entertainment venues generously scattered down the coastline.
Socialise with Your Fellow Industry Workers
Over drinks and canapes at the conference networking function, meet with old colleagues or connect with new ones. This is the perfect opportunity to socialise in informal surrounds and catch up on what’s been happening in the world of disaster and emergencies (or, if you’re ready to switch off and stop talking work, simply enjoy company in comfort with live entertainment).
During breaks and lunch time, make the most of your conference experience and socialise with other conference attendees while checking out the range of poster presentations on display in the exhibition hall.