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2016 Australian & New Zealand Disaster & Emergency Management and Search & Rescue Conference

The Disaster & Emergency Management and Search & Rescue community will unite in 2016 for education, networking and inspiration at the Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management (DMC) and Australian & New Zealand Search & Rescue (SAR) Conferences at Jupiters Gold Coast, Australia 30 May – 1 June 2016.

5th Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management

To be held on 30 – 31 May 2016, the Conference theme ‘EARTH, FIRE and RAIN’ will continue to examine issues that impact preparedness, resilience, response and capability.

An extensive range of topics will be covered at the event, with Keynotes, Concurrent Sessions, Case Studies, Panel Discussions and Poster Presentations examining the lessons learnt from recent national and international events. The Program will address planning, response and the introduction of innovative techniques in management of disasters, emergencies and hazards. It has been designed to challenge, inspire, demonstrate and encourage participants while facilitating discussion.

The Conference Committee are pleased to provide a comprehensive forum which will examine the expertise, competencies and systems relating to our preparedness and response.

Keynote Speakers include:

  • Jonathan Coppel, Productivity Commissioner – Natural Disaster Funding, Productivity Commission
  • Commissioner Katarina Carroll, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
  • Sarb Johal, Associate Professor in Disaster Mental Health, Joint Centre for Disaster Research Massey University, NZ
  • Dr Joanna L. Batstone, Vice President and Lab Director, IBM Research Australia
  • Brett Aimers, Adjunct Associate Professor, James Cook University. Director, Australian Institute of Emergency Services
  • Brendan Moon, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Reconstruction Authority

With 500 delegates expected to attend, the Conference continues to grow and offer extensive resources, knowledge and network opportunities to those that work in the Disaster and Emergency Management community. Bringing together leading representatives from fire, police, ambulance, emergency, rescue, volunteer, defence and health sectors, the Conference will deliberate and discuss Disaster and Emergency Management issues confronting Australia, New Zealand and Internationally.

The Conference is a joint initiative of four ‘not-for-profit’ organisations: Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Australian Institute of Emergency Services, Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association Inc. and the Association for Sustainability in Business Inc.


Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference (ANZSAR)

The 2016 Australian & New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference (ANZSAR) will be held at Jupiters Hotel, Gold Coast on 1 June 2016.

This one day event will continue to provide a platform of discussion that began in 2015 for the Search and Rescue community. ANZSAR aims to tackle the issues and challenges in Search and Rescue and continues the support of professional development in new training, techniques and requirements.

The 2016 ANZSAR Program has been designed to challenge, demonstrate and encourage discussion on areas of Land, Sea and Air Search and Rescue. The program aims to cover these four overarching themes:

1 Technology and Operations
“How are advancements in technology changing the way SAR operations are conducted?”

2 Training
“How do we ensure that people are appropriately trained and have the right skills for all different aspects of SAR?”

3 Organisation
“How do we enhance the interconnectedness between multiple SAR agencies to coordinate the most effective SAR response?

4 Working with Stakeholders
Lost Person Behaviour (Mental Health) and Crisis Management and Communication Strategies

Keynote Speakers include:

  • Duncan Ferner, Secretariat Manager, NZ SAR Council
  • Dr Melanie Irons, PhD crisis communication and the use of social media
  • Dean Lawrence, National President, Royal New Zealand Coastguard
  • Dr Paul Luckin, Medical Consultant, SAR Training Australia
  • Dr Jane Shakespeare Finch, Associate Professor School of Psychology and Counselling, Queensland University of Technology

ANZSAR brings together the volunteer and professional search and rescue communities of Australia and New Zealand to share new ideas, highlight best practice, and discuss recent events. This is a unique opportunity to meet and network with a diverse range of skilled practitioners across air, land and sea disciplines.

It is an exciting time to be involved in the search and rescue industry as the sector continues to grow and adapt with developments in emerging technology and the increasingly high profile of search and rescue missions worldwide.

Benefits of attending
The alignment of these two events provides the opportunity for emergency management and search and rescue practitioners to access three days of outstanding presentations by national and international experts.

Benefits of attending

  • 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 and by profound and positive speakers
  • Learn key skills needed for ensuring the future
  • Learn how to make a positive difference
  • Listen to 15 Keynote Presentations by renowned speakers, over 70 concurrent presenters, over 20 forum presenters and 20 poster presenters
  • Attend two networking events
  • Trade exhibition with 30 exhibitors in attendance
  • Access to all presenter Podcasts + Book of Proceedings

Early bird registrations are now available, please visit www.anzdmc.com.au or contact sar@anzdmc.com.au.

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