The Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference has issued a call for papers to its ‘Earth: Fire & Rain 2012’ event in Brisbane to be held over 16-18 April.
The conference will “provide a forum to examine the issues surrounding natural and man-made hazards,” said Tracey Toovey, spokesperson for the Joint Association Committee.
The committee has scheduled more than 50 presentations in the form of keynote addresses, concurrent sessions and workshops over the three days, with confirmed speakers including program managers involved in emergencies or disaster recovery projects, presenters from the police and emergency services sector, as well as politicians who oversee this space.
The conference comes in response to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) National Strategy for Disaster Resilience, which was released in February 2011. It agreed to adopt “a whole-of-nation resilience-based approach to disaster management, which recognises that a national, coordinated and cooperative effort is needed to enhance Australia’s capacity to withstand and recover from emergencies and disasters”.
Themes include: human and social issues, relief and recovery, economy and environment, risk management, business continuity, social media, community engagement, volunteer involvement, crisis management, and policy and governance.
Submitted papers must meet a number of criteria including having been peer reviewed and having appeared in a publication bearing an ISBN.
The Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference is a joint initiative of the Australian Institute of Emergency Services, the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association Inc and the Association for Sustainability in Business Inc, all non-government, not-for-profit, member-based organisations.
See anzdmc.com.au for further details on the conference and how to submit your paper, as well as apply for early bird registration.