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Tuesday 27 August
Wednesday 28 August 2019: Australian Disaster Resilience Conference
Thursday 29 August 2019: Australian Disaster Resilience Conference
Friday 30 August: AFAC19 Professional Development Program
Fourth National DRANZSEN Forum
The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR), through the Education for Young People program, promotes the development of hazard-related knowledge, skills and strategies for all young Australians. Disaster resilience education equips students with the confidence to take protective action before, during and after an emergency or disaster.
The Disaster Resilient Australia-New Zealand School Education Network (DRANZSEN) is a national initiative, developing the knowledge and skills of educators to deliver disaster resilience education in partnership with local experts in hazards and emergency management. This 4th National Forum offers an opportunity for educators, researchers, practitioners from emergency services and others, to:
- consider current research in disaster resilience education
- explore innovative case studies from Australian schools
- review national priorities
- identify common challenges, opportunities and future directions.
This national event draws on positive outcomes from state and territory DRANZSEN events in May and June, enabling participants to benefit from the diverse experiences of experts and educators from all around the country. Australian students will share personal reflections on disaster resilience learning experiences and suggestions for development. Attendees will be informed of significant findings from a major nationwide research project, evaluating the effectiveness of disaster resilience education programs and resources. Examples of effective learning content and delivery will be presented, and educators will be directed to supporting resources to facilitate the implementation of initiatives in their own context.
Teachers and other representatives from the education sector (including curriculum/STEM leaders, school principals and critical response personnel) are encouraged to attend, as are community engagement and education staff from the emergency and disaster management sector, relief and recovery agencies, federal, state and local government representatives, research academics, subject teachers’ associations, community and volunteer organisations, and corporate organisations.
Field Trip: Cultural Burning for Management Outcomes
Victoria recently released the ‘Victorian Traditional Owner Cultural Fire Strategy’, providing a framework to reinvigorate cultural fire through Traditional Owner-led practice across all types of Country and land tenure. This field trip presents an opportunity to engage with indigenous fire practitioners, as well as witness and hear the wisdom of ancient indigenous land management practices. Walk on Country with local indigenous elders and fire practitioners, and gain a small insight into the methodologies, Lore and holistic lens of indigenous land and fire management practices.
This field trip offers a new way of looking at the responsibilities of and connection to the environment, discussing the “right medicine” required to keep people and Country safe from large bushfires, and shift thinking to the potential of new management practices. Conversations will focus on how Country will explore the development of relationships to work collaboratively in understanding how partnerships can be useful to achieve objectives for both Traditional Owners and land management agencies.
Esmina Presents: Driving Emergency Management's Digital Future through the Power of Location Technologies
Spatial Information technologies comprise a range of disciplines which come together to provide valuable input across the Emergency Management sector. Through full presentations and lightning talks, this workshop will showcase examples of the use and the growing demands of mapping and location technologies.
Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment Forum
Due to the nature of their work frontline fire and emergency service personnel are invariably exposed to dangerous and unpredictable situations and environments. This forum will touch on new and emerging trends, developments and technologies in personal protective equipment and provide an update on the ever-evolving world of standards and their associated test procedures.
Firefighter Safety Research – Bringing the Lab to the Streets
For firefighters to conduct safer operations, it is vital they understand their work environment and the various factors that can influence fire ground decision making and available tactical considerations.
This workshop will provide an overview of recent fire research conducted by Underwriters Laboratories and the National Institute of Standards and Testing.