Disaster planning and preparedness

This course examines how communities and organisations develop and implement policy for disaster management.
QUT EX course facilitator

Your expert facilitator Dr Sam Toloo

Dr Sam Toloo conducted his master’s dissertation a research in 1990-91 on the socio-demographic factors that affected the severity of and recovery from mental illness among the Iranian veterans of the Iran-Iraq war. Sam then worked as an Assistant Lecturer in Iran before attending the Australian National University for his PhD study on the associations of social-psychological and cultural beliefs and attitudes with health seeking and consultation behaviour of the Lebanese Australians in Sydney. He pursued his passion in this area and extended his research to understanding social-psychological determinants of inequality in accessing and utilising emergency health services including ambulance and hospital emergency departments, as well as community vulnerability to health effects of heatwaves.

With special guests

Emeritus Professor Gerry FitzGerald

Emeritus Professor Gerry FitzGerald holds medical specialist qualifications in Emergency Medicine and Medical Administration and a Doctor of Medicine. He is currently an Emeritus Professor with the School of Public Health and Social Work at QUT and was previously the Director of the Emergency Department at Ipswich Hospital and one of the founders of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine. He served four years as national secretary and four years as Editor in Chief of the College journal. He was subsequently Medical Director and then Commissioner of the Qld Ambulance Service and Chief Health Officer for Qld.

Professor Melissa Haswell

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Professor Vivienne Tippett

Professor Vivienne Tippett is the Director of Research for the School of Clinical Sciences and Discipline Lead of the Paramedic Science program at QUT. Prior to joining QUT in 2012, she was the Director of the Australian Centre for Prehospital Research (UQ and QAS). She has more than 25 years’ experience as a researcher and consultant in the emergency pre-hospital, disaster health and emergency health systems. Her work has been recognised with an OAM for services to medical education (2018) and a Distinguished Service medal from QAS (2012) for services to paramedic research. She is a Fellow of the Jamieson Trauma Institute at RBWH and the Lead Researcher for the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC (2013-2020).  This research program was recognised with a CRC Association national award for research innovation (2019).

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