A commentary on disaster resilience in Australia
Theatre 2, Basement Level
207 Bouverie Street
207 Bouverie Street
The idea of resilience now underpins disaster risk management and reduction in Australia and to an increasing extent, globally. Two senior practitioners and an academic will examine the topic.
John Handmer, Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne & Emeritus Professor at RMIT’s School of Science
Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne & Emeritus Professor at RMIT’s School of Science
John Handmer is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and an Emeritus Professor at RMIT’s School of Science. He undertakes applied research on the human dimensions of disasters. His PhD at ANU was on relocation for flood risk reduction. We generally focus on the resilience of individuals and communities, and use a variety of measurement tools for this. However, this might not help those who most need support, and could be missing critical system weaknesses. This talk will examine these issues and suggest possible improvements.
Mark Crosweller, National Resilience Taskforce Head
National Resilience Taskforce Head
Department of Home Affairs
Mark Crosweller heads the National Resilience Taskforce in the Department of Home Affairs. Before this Mark was Director General of Emergency Management Australia where he was responsible for the coordination of Australia’s response to crises, including disasters from natural hazards, and to terrorist or security related incidents both domestically and internationally. He is currently a PhD Scholar with the University of Western Australia, researching: “the ethical premise of leading people through the adversity and loss of disasters”. Resilience at all levels is essential as we face increasing challenges associated with climate change and other macro factors. However, resilience without a commitment to reducing risk leads us down a path that is neither sustainable nor resilient. This presentation will explore the tensions and offer different perspectives on how to meet both objectives for the greater good.
Kate Brady, National Recovery Adviser
National Recovery Adviser
Australian Red Cross Emergency Services
Kate Brady is the National Recovery Adviser for Australian Red Cross Emergency Services, where she is responsible for coordinating the development of all recovery services and activities undertaken around the country. Kate has worked on disaster recovery efforts in every state and territory in Australia, and in New Zealand. She is undertaking a PhD at the University of Melbourne looking at recovery from the affected people’s perspectives. She will talk about who seems to cope best with the impacts and what sort of approach to resilience reflects the lived experience of recovering from disasters.