A joint AIDR and Australian Red Cross event

Collective Trauma Events Seminar


9:30am - 12:30pm, 03 April 2019



If you were called on to support the community through a major trauma, would you know what to do?

This is event is now fully booked. To join the waiting list, please email

In recent years in Australia and around the world, we have seen a spate of events which have been violent and traumatic and have caused significant public and collective grief and horror.

Events such as the Lindt Café siege and Bourke St Mall incidents have sent a strong signal that we must be prepared and ready to act swiftly to support the community.

These events don’t always fit neatly into traditional parameters of emergency management arrangements, but they can have major impacts on communities and may challenge things we previously took for granted about public locations, routines, values and safety.

Australian Red Cross has undertaken extensive research and, together with experts in emergency recovery, social work, psychology and sociology, developed Best Practice Guidelines: Supporting Communities Before, During and After Collective Trauma Events.

These guidelines are a reflection of current best practice for supporting impacted communities. They provide organisations with advice and guidance to inform operational planning at different stages of collective trauma events, supported by case studies of real examples.

AIDR and Red Cross are pleased to bring you this unique opportunity to learn how to best manage Collective Trauma Events: from the academic research through to practical guidance, with lessons and insights from leaders in the response and recovery to past events.

Join the Collective Trauma Events Seminar to hear from:

  • Andrew Coghlan, National Manager Emergency Services, Red Cross
  • Kate Brady, National Recovery Advisor, Red Cross
  • Robyn Hobbs OAM, NSW Small Business Commissioner
  • Shona Whitton, Senior Advisor - Psychosocial Recovery, McNaughton & Willis
  • Wendy Graham, Director Resilience and Recovery, Office of Emergency Management NSW


Related information

Best Practice Guidelines: Supporting Communities Before, During and After Collective Trauma Events

Review of the literature of best practices before, during and after Collective Trauma Events


This is a joint AIDR and Australian Red Cross event

IMAGE CREDIT: Australian Red Cross / Zayne D'Crus