Register your interest for 2019 courses.

Effective response to major incidents and disasters requires people who can help organisations and communities plan and prepare for disasters.

This course is provided as two full-day seminars that examine the way in which communities and organisations develop and implement policy for disaster management, protect critical infrastructure, undertake risk analysis, plan and prepare for major events including pandemics.

The course is shared by students enrolled in postgraduate programs at QUT.

Who should participate

Anyone currently or potentially involved in or responsible for planning, preparation and management of community and health services during major incidents and disasters.



QUT Kelvin Grove
Victoria Park Road
Kelvin Grove
Qld 4059


Course dates for 2019 are to be confirmed.


This course is delivered as two full-day seminars. You can choose to attend:

  • either one of the seminars
  • both seminars.


Fees for 2019 are to be confirmed. See 2018 fees for an indication of costs.

2018 Fees

Standard registration

  • One day: $489.20 (GST included)
  • Both days: $978.41 (GST included)

Early-bird discount

10% early-bird discount on registrations paid by early bird deadline.

  • One day: $440.28 (GST included)
  • Both days: $880.56 (GST included)

Australasian College of Health Service Managers (ACHSM) discount

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

  • One day: $415.84 (GST included)
  • Both days: $831.64 (GST included)


For more information about course content or assessment, contact the course coordinator Dr Jo Durham.

Register your interest for 2019 courses.


This course is delivered in two full-day seminars. Each day includes workshops and independent learning activities.

Day 1: Disaster risk management

This seminar examines the international standard for best practice in risk management (ISO 31000:2009) and how they are applied to manage disaster and disruption risk in an Australian setting. It addresses the:

  • complex environment in which disaster management and business continuity are conducted
  • range of views around emergency and disaster risk
  • drivers and impediments to arriving at effective disaster risk treatments.

The aim of this seminar is to demystify risk and risk analysis with clear examples and minimal jargon. Risk perception and how people think about risk will be key themes of the day.

Day 2: Disaster planning

The effective management of disasters begins well in advance of any event. Getting ready includes preventing and mitigating the risks to which the community is exposed, but it also involves organising the resources required, including the people and their capability. This is best achieved through the process of planning.

Disaster planning should be part of the normal preparedness of organisations and communities. It should address not only the routine risks but also the major non-routine risks that challenge the whole community.

The aim of this seminar is to detail the principles and practice of disaster planning, and examine the processes involved. This will highlight the value and importance of disaster planning.

Register your interest

Register your interest for 2019 courses.

Future courses

To register your interest for future courses, contact the School of Public Health and Social Work Corporate Programs.


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 these options is 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.