Effective response by a health system to major incidents and disasters requires individuals who can help organisations prepare, respond and recover.

Individuals responsible for planning, preparing and managing health services during a major incident should be knowledgeable in the principles of disaster health management and the disaster management arrangements in place internationally, nationally and locally; and should possess the knowledge and skills necessary to advise or lead health organisations during these events.

Who should participate

This course is aimed at clinicians and managers who require the knowledge, skills, strategies and tactics needed to manage health units and organisations during major incidents or disasters.



QUT Kelvin Grove
Victoria Park Road
Kelvin Grove
Qld 4059


Monday 4 - Friday 8 March 2019.

9am to 5pm, each day.


This course is delivered as an intensive 5-day short course.

You can complete the workshop modules only, or choose to also complete the optional assessment module.


2019 fees

Standard registration

  • Workshop modules only: $2,138.94 (GST included)
  • Workshop and assessment modules: $2,673.68 (GST included)

Early-bird discount

10% early-bird discount on registrations paid by Monday 5 February 2019.

  • Workshop modules only: $1,925.05
  • Workshop and assessment modules: $2,406.32

Australasian College of Health Service Managers (ACHSM) discount

Australasian College of Health Service Managers (ACHSM) members receive a 15% discount.

  • Workshop modules only: $1,818.10 (GST included)
  • Workshop and assessment modules: $2,272.63 (GST included)

Advanced standing (credit) eligibility

If you successfully complete the assessment module, you are able to apply for advanced standing (credit) towards some postgraduate award courses.


Register your interest by emailing the School of Public Health and Social Work Corporate Programs.


This course is divided into four modules.

Module 1: The conceptual basis for disaster health management

This module explores the historical and conceptual context within which health disaster management occurs. This module addresses the history, epidemiology and impact of disasters as well as the concepts and principles that underpin health disaster management.

Module 2: Pre-event management

This module addresses the development of preparedness of health services for the management of disasters. The module includes risk management (including risk reduction and mitigation), planning and resource identification and preparation.

Module 3: Incident management

This module addresses the management of incidents during the acute phase. In includes the principles and practice of incident management including on-site and within health facilities as well as the continuity of health services and community functionality.

Module 4: Rehabilitation, recovery and development

This module examines the post-event aspects of disaster management required to support communities recover and grow as a result of major event. This module addresses the human-social aspects of disaster management including mental health, restoration of community function and evaluation and reporting to inform community resilience.

Course materials

You'll receive reference texts and online access to databases through Blackboard or the QUT Library. No textbook is required.


On completion of this course, you will have the ability to:

  • provide evidence of a detailed knowledge and understanding of the principles of major incident and disaster management
  • describe organisational and operational arrangements for management of major incidents and disasters
  • apply your knowledge and understanding to the process of planning, preparation, response and recovery and thus contribute to the preparedness of the health system for disasters.

If you complete the workshop you'll receive recognition of your participation. If you also successfully complete the assessment, you'll receive a certificate of completion.

Course flyer

Registration info


To register for the course, pay your fees online by credit card, cheque or BPAY. There is an option to pay via invoice, if payment by the aforementioned options are not possible.

FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP are not available for professional development courses.

Australasian College of Health Service Managers (ACHSM) members

Australasian College of Health Service Managers (ACHSM) members receive a 15% discount. Provide your ACHSM membership number to receive your discount.

Terms and conditions

We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule the course if we receive insufficient registrations, or if the course leader or venue becomes unavailable due to circumstances beyond our control. Should this occur, we will endeavour to provide participants as much notice as possible. If we need to cancel or reschedule the course, we will pay you a full refund if the substituted dates are not convenient for you.


A cancellation fee of 10% will be charged if you cancel within 14 days or less of the event. All cancellations or variations to registration must be made in writing to the course coordinator.

Other variations to registration

Substitute participants are welcome in lieu of cancellation up to the scheduled course date. Advise us of any substitute participants before course commencement. Substituting participants will not incur a fee.