Burkle Lecture at MUDRI Forum

Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative (MUDRI) annual mid-year Community Resilience Forum was presented as an online, interactive event this year. The Forum included the 14th Professor Frederick 'Skip' Burkle Annual Keynote Lecture, presented by Amanda Leck, Executive Director, Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience.

Professor Burkle is a retired senior fellow and scientist of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard School of Public Health, and former senior scholar and senior associate faculty and research scientist, the Centre for Refugee & Disaster Response, Johns Hopkins University Medical Institutes. He also served as a senior international public policy scholar, Woodrow Wilson Centre for International Scholars, Washington, DC (2008-2016).

Amanda presented on Supporting a Disaster Resilient Australia and highlighted the AIDR Knowledge Hub including the Disaster Risk Reduction Collection where key resources are available including:

  • The National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework, 2030: Vision and goals for disaster risk reduction in Australia
  • Profiling Australia’s Vulnerability: The interconnected causes and cascading effects of systemic disaster risk
  • Guidance for Strategic Decisions on Climate and Disaster Risk.

The keynote Lecture was co-hosted with the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM) Oceania Chapter.

The Forum's program also included a Community Resilience Showcase of activities selected from Expressions of Interest submitted from around the State and a highlight an update on the Compendium of Victorian Community-based Resilience Building Case Studies.