The Natural Disaster Resilience, Response & Recovery conference will explore how we can build more resilient communities, identify strategies to mitigate the challenges of natural disaster response, and examine the lessons learned during recovery to further build resilience and heal community trauma.
Topics to be explored
- Unpack the importance of embedding resilience within the community
- Identify frameworks to build resilient communities
- Build on & strengthen partnerships between all levels of government, private stakeholders & the local communities
- Develop tailored strategies to better engage communities in recovery to address trauma
- Learn how resilience comes full circle from preparedness to recovery
Who will attend?
Senior representatives from State & Local Government, Emergency Services, NGO’s & private stakeholders with responsibilities for:
- Emergency management
- Disaster management
- Community development
- Community engagement
Attend to learn:
- Understand the importance of community resilience & how it can be measured
- Learn how to better engage the community & other key stakeholders
- Maximise the effectiveness of response to severe weather events
- Transform the way communities recover through resilience & trauma healing
Queensland Reconstruction Authority
Mark Edwards is a structural engineer and Section Leader in the Community Safety Branch at Geoscience Australia. He leads a multi-disciplinary team developing information on natural hazard impact, risk and mitigation. He participates in Australian building standards committees and is providing guidance in a broad update to the building design standards of Papua New Guinea. He also is a research collaborator in three Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC projects developing information on building mitigation for earthquake, flood and wind risk. Finally, he leads a program of engineering research with industry collaborators examining opportunities to mitigate natural hazard risk in the transport, electricity and water sectors.
Australasian Institute of Emergency Services
Associate Professor Brett Aimers is an influential and future thinking public safety and disaster management professional. He holds several academic appointments including at James Cook University where he provides expert disaster management advice and guidance in relation to policy and practice and systems and concepts. Brett was recently involved in a multi-national project, led by the World Health Organisation, exploring global best practice for operating public health Emergency Operations Centres. Associate Professor Aimers is a National Board Director for the Australasian Institute of Emergency Services and the immediate past Deputy Chief Commissioner for St John Ambulance Australia and was responsible for patient safety and clinical governance.
Bureau of Meteorology
Dr Dasarath (Jaya) Jayasuriya is the General Manager Public Safety at the Bureau of Meteorology, Australia’s national weather, climate and water agency. His portfolio covers all natural disasters except earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Jaya is responsible for policy, forecasting and warning services for hazards such as riverine flooding, tropical cyclones, bushfires, heatwaves and severe weather. Dr Jayasuriya is one of the six members of the Expert Group established by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) to advise the global community on Climate, Water and Food Security. Jaya also has experience working in Vietnam for the World Bank on disaster risk reduction and building early warning systems, India on the water forecasting initiative and in Sri Lanka with the disaster management sector.
What People Are Saying
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I found the focus on all-hazards and wider community resilience stimulating, educational and informative.DMRO, Cairns Regional Council
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Endorsers & Media Partners
Australasian Institute of Emergency Services
The Australasian Institute of Emergency Services offers members of emergency service and affiliate organisations the opportunity to be a member of a professional body dedicated to the progression and recognition of the Emergency Service role in the community.
The Institute acts as an independent forum where members can be heard and their opinions shared with other emergency service members.
The Institute aims to provide a professional body for the study of the roles and functions of Emergency Services and Emergency management Organisations throughout Australia, and the promotion and advancement of professional standards in these and associated services.
We provide a voice for the Emergency Services, by speaking out on issues that affect our members and the community in general.
The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), which has more than 6,000 members worldwide, is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the “Principles of Emergency Management” and representing those professionals whose goals are saving lives and protecting property and the environment during emergencies and disasters.