Executive Director of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre and Crisis Expert will discuss COVID-19
PROFESSOR LEN NOTARAS AM
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The Disaster & Emergency Conference Program Committee is happy to announce that it has secured a prominent guest speaker for the 2020 Disaster and Emergency Management Conference; Executive Director of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre and crisis expert, Professor Len Notaras AM.
Not only is Professor Notaras the Executive Director of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre, he also founded the NCCTRC in 2009, spent 15 years at the Royal Darwin Hospital dealing with crisis such as the evacuation of East Timor in 1999, the Bali Bombings in 2002 and 2005, and the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004.
The Committee is honoured that Professor Notaras, who was also awarded the 2015 Sydney Sax medal for his health and disaster response work, which now stems over 25 years, will be speaking at this year’s conference, providing his in-depth knowledge, and discussing the question; how ready were we, as a nation, for COVID-19?
With coronavirus causing worldwide panic of late, it’s no wonder that even Australia has been hit hard with the unknown, causing people to panic and stock up on toilet paper, tissues and staple foods. Due to concern and the uncertainty of what might occur now, we are all feeling the punch of the virus.
There is no point listening to the sensationalised news the media is currently releasing on the topic. The best thing we can do, is to pay heed to experts within this kind of disaster and emergency field such as Professor Notaras. Professionals who are well equipped to not only understand situations such as the Corona Virus outbreak, but able teach others through their vast experience and knowledge, how to be prepared without panic.
In this situation, it is vital to be given not only the correct advice, but also to provide the community with the most accurate steps on no just how to be in the know, but how to be able to help yourself, your family and loved ones by avoiding falling ill.
The Australian Department of Health recommends the following tips to follow, released by the World Health Organisation.
The 2020 Disaster and Emergency Conference’s program is tuning up to be one of the best conferences to date with much needed expert advice and shared knowledge on Disaster and Emergency topics such as the COVID-19 outbreak, search and rescue, how to engage with your community and much more.
DEPUTY COMMISSIONER ROB ROGERS
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We have an outstanding guest list of speakers and presenters already confirmed. Another Keynote Speaker not to miss, is the Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers from the NSW Rural Fire Service. Commissioner Rogers has been a member of the NSW Rural Fire Service since 1979, when he began as a volunteer member with the Brigade Northern Sydney. This led him to hold various senior leadership roles over the years within Regional Management, Community Safety and Operations.
His presentation on the 2019/20 NSW Bushfire Emergency: Lessons learned from a Leadership, Communication and Community Engagement Perspective will be a vital section of the conference, and will provide positive insight you will be able to learn and progress from, following the conference.
Other speakers to not miss at this year’s conference include:
2020 CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
How Ready Were We, as a Nation, for COVID-19? – Professor Len Notaras, Executive Director, National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre
Leadership in Times of Crisis – Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski, QLD Police
Leading Multi-Agency Approaches – Senator Jim Molan
The 2019/20 NSW Bushfire Emergency: Lessons Learned from a Leadership, Communication and Community Engagement Perspective – Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers, NSW Rural Fire Service
Integration of Rural and Suburban Units into a Single Agency – Mr Rhys Jones, CEO, FENZ
The Role of Media – Ms Sascha Rundle, Manager, ABC Emergency Broadcasting
Let’s Talk About You: Mental Health for Frontline and Emergency Workers – Ms Nicole Sadler, Head, Policy and Practice, Phoenix Australia
Sustainable Emergency Volunteering: Attracting and Retain Youth Volunteers – Dr Blyth McLennan, RMIT University
2020 CONFIRMED PANEL
Reflection on 2019/20 Black Summer: What Does this Mean Moving Forward?
Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers, NSW Rural Fire Service
Major General Jake Ellwood, Australian Defence Force
Mr David Foot, Deputy Incident Controller, Emergency Coordination Centre, ACT Emergency Services Agency
Commissioner Andrew Crisp, Emergency Management Victoria