EARTH: Fire and rain

5 - 7 May 2014, QT Hotel Gold Coast

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Disaster Management Conference

The Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference will be held at the QT Gold Coast, 5th - 7th May 2014

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.

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Confirmed Speakers

Associate Professor Brett Aimers OStJ, RN FACN
Chief Professional Officer, St John Ambulance Australia

Dr Paul Barnes,
Deputy Director QUT Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management

Dr Penny Lynn Burns, BMed, MPHTM
Senior Lecturer, Department of General Practice, University of Western Sydney

Mr. Neil Comrie, AO, APM
Bushfires Royal Commission Implementation Monitor.
Chief Commissioner, Victoria Police from 1993 to 2001

Mark Crosweller AFSM
Director General, Emergency Management Australia

Mayor Lianne Dalziel,
Mayor of Christchurch

Dr John Durkin,
Director, BeTr Foundation, London UK

Associate Professor Dale Dominey-Howes

Dr Michael Eburn
Assoc Professor, ANU College of Law, Visiting Fellow, Fenner School of Environment and Society (ANU), Affiliate, Disaster and Development Network

Dr Ljubica Mamula-Seadon,
Director, Seadon Consulting & Research

Major General S.L. SMITH, DSC, AM
Commander 1st Division / Deployable Joint Forces Headquarters

Why You Should Attend

  • Be exposed to new and innovating ideas and ways of thinking
  • Network with your peers and leaders in their fields
  • Be inspired
    • by an optimistic, action orientated group of people
    • by profound and positive speakers
  • Learn key skills needed for ensuring the future
  • Learn how to make a positive difference


  • Emergency Services
  • Managers, Policy makers/Government
  • Researchers/Academics
  • Planners/Risk Assessors
  • Insurers/ Financial Institutions
  • Volunteer Organisations
  • Centrelink, Red Cross
  • Asset Managers/Business Consultants
  • Infrastructure/Equipment Providers
  • Capacity Builders
  • Health Professionals involved in Disaster Recovery
  • Facility Managers (Aged care, Hospitals)

2014 Sponsors and Exhibitors

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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



Conference Photos 2013


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Contact Us

PO Box 29 Nerang
Qld 4211 Australia

Phone:  07 5502 2068

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This year we are excited to offer delegates the opportunity to participate in the Exhibitors Passport Prizes Program. Each delegate will receive an Exhibitors Passport at registration.

Abstracts 2014

Conference Archives 2013

Conference Proceedings and presentations for the 2013 conference are now available.


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Contact Us

PO Box 29 Nerang
Qld 4211 Australia

Ph:  07 5502 2068


Conference 2013

This conference just keeps getting better. See you in 2014

"Great sessions, thought provoking and lots of choices.  Enjoyed the food and social functions. I was impressed by the quality and knowledge of presenters ."

"Well done on a first class program, we will be back next year"

Program Committee 2014

Associate Professor Brett Aimers OStJ, FRCNA (VIC)
Chief Nurse
St John Ambulance Australia

Gina Mammone (NSW)
Manager, Critical Incident and Counselling Services
SES State Headquarters

Dr Suzanne Vallance (NZ)
Lecturer in Urban Studies
Lincoln University Christchurch

Greg Eustace (QLD)
National Vice President
Australian Institute of Emergency Services

John Rice (ACT)
Managing Director / Principal
Search & Rescue (SAR) Training Australia

Christopher Austin (QLD)
CTS Consulting

Jens Oppermann (NT)
Lecturer in Emergency & Disaster Management
Charles Darwin University

Peter Sugg (QLD)
Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association