This international event running across three days brings together key stakeholders involved in the prevention, management and recovery of major disastrous events, a forum to examine the issues surrounding natural and man-made hazards.
What Have We Learned?
In recent times we have endured fires in Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and South Australia, earthquakes in New Zealand, flooding in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, damaging cyclones in North Queensland and tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes and flooding in many parts of the world.
Associate Professor Brett Aimers, Chief Professional Officer with St John Ambulance Australia, says ‘whilst progress has been made in working in partnership with communities to be more resilient, the emergency management sector, irrespective of our State and Territory boundaries, face and will continue to face both similar and emerging challenges. We must be focused on not only planning and preparing for the known emergencies of today but also the unknown emergencies of tomorrow.
As the size, magnitude and consequence of emergencies to impact Australia become greater; the emergency management sector needs to work smarter, faster and together.
There is overwhelming evidence that disasters can lead to a range of post-traumatic health problems. Over the past several decades, there has been valuable research into the psychological and physical problems arising from natural and man-made disasters.
The conference will examine what we have learnt in the past few years and provide a comprehensive forum that shines a light on resilience and offers professionals (and future professionals) an opportunity to examine 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 theme of “EARTH; FIRE AND RAIN” will inspire national and international speakers selected and invited by the committee, a panel of experts in the profession. Speakers will provide a dynamic and topical program and discuss a vast range of subject including emergency management, public safety, security, community resilience, business continuity, data protection and much more.
There will be multiple streams and informative workshops as well as an all-encompassing exhibition showcasing equipment, products, services and solutions. The conference is an outstanding platform for education and to initiate new business relationships – it is not to be missed by anyone involved in emergency management and disaster response and recovery.
The Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference: A joint initiative of three 'not-for-profit' organisations - the Australian Institute of Emergency Services, the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Organisation Inc, and the Association for Sustainability in Business Inc.
Associate Professor Brett Aimers OStJ, RN FACN
Dr Penny Lynn Burns, BMed, MPHTM
Mr. Neil Comrie, AO, APM
Mark Crosweller AFSM
Mayor Lianne Dalziel,
Dr John Durkin,
Dr Ljubica Mamula-Seadon,
Major General S.L. SMITH, DSC, AM
Why You Should Attend
DELEGATES WILL COME FROM:
2014 Sponsors and Exhibitors
We'd like to thank our 2013 sponsors and exhibitors.
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