Register your interest for 2019 courses.

Effective management of the health aspects of major incidents and disasters requires individuals who have the ability to lead and direct health organisations to prepare, respond and recover from such incidents.

Such individuals should have extensive knowledge and understanding of the principles of disaster management arrangements in place internationally, nationally and locally and the practice of disaster management. They should also possess high level skills necessary to lead health organisations before, during and after such events.

This course aims to develop your capacity to lead and manage health organisations, ensuring you are prepared and capable of managing a major incident or disaster.

Who should participate

This course is ideal for people who are likely to be responsible for designing response arrangements, instructing others in those arrangements and for managing a health service strategically throughout the response and recovery phases.



QUT Kelvin Grove
Victoria Park Road
Kelvin Grove
Qld 4059


2019 course dates to be confirmed.


This course is delivered as an intensive 5-day short course. It includes workshops, seminars, and independent learning activities.

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


2019 fees

2019 fees will be confirmed. See 2018 fees for an indication of costs.

2018 fees

Standard registration
  • Workshop modules only: $2,100.09 (GST included)
  • Workshop and assessment modules: $2,625.12 (GST included)
Early-bird discount (10% discount)
  • Workshop modules only: $1,890.08 (GST included)
  • Workhop and assessment modules: $2,362.61 (GST included)
Australasian College of Health Service Managers (ACHSM) discount

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

  • Workshop modules only: $1,785.08 (GST included)
  • Workshop and assessment modules: $2,231.35 (GST included)

Advanced standing (credit) eligibility

Successful completion of the assessment module offers the opportunity to receive advanced standing (credit) towards a relevant postgraduate qualification.


For more information about course content or assessment, contact School of Public Health and Social Work Corporate Programs.

Register your interest for 2019 courses.


The course covers:

  • system-wide health strategic planning and management for disasters
  • international, national and local planning, consultative and coordination frameworks
  • research and educational requirements of the system, and the application of these requirements
  • legal and financial arrangements in terms of management and principle requirements
  • strategic leadership principles including community and professional engagement.


This course is divided into four modules:

Module 1: Strategic issues

Examines system wide disaster management policy and planning frameworks, the health response management framework, international planning and assistance frameworks, refugee and humanitarian issues, the legal and ethical aspects of disaster management and business continuity and infrastructure protection.

Module 2: Crisis leadership skills

Involves study of disaster human resource management, staff fatigue, safety and support, managing media and communications, cultural and special needs, family and volunteers.

Module 3: Education, evaluation and reporting

Allows you to develop an in-depth understanding of the reporting requirements of major events, promotion of disaster health education and developing a research program in disaster management.

Module 4: Future developments

Helps you plan elements of and strategies for new developments in health disaster response.

Course materials

You will 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:

  • an understanding of the key strategic issues confronting disaster health management and the strategies required to manage those issues
  • the ability to design and implement disaster health management arrangements within health care organisations and systems
  • the ability to lead and manage a multidisciplinary team through preparation for and response to disasters
  • the ability to evaluate preparations, and response and recovery arrangements 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

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 and 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

QUT reserves the right to cancel or reschedule the course if insufficient registrations are received, or if the course leader or venue becomes unavailable due to circumstances beyond its control. Should this occur QUT will endeavour to provide participants as much notice as possible. If QUT is required to cancel or reschedule the course a full refund will be paid to the participant if a substitution of dates is convenient for the attendee.


If you cancel within 14 days of the course start date, you'll be charged a cancellation fee of 10% of the course fee. All cancellations or variations to registration must be made in writing to Dr Jo Durham.


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