AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ | 5-8 September 2018 | Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre | #AFAC18

Professional Development Program

 

The AFAC17 powered by INTERSCHUTZ Professional Development Program will give you the chance to embark on engaging field trips and enlightening workshops led by industry professionals. These sessions provide you with the opportunity to get hands-on experiences and interact with peers sharing common interests.

If you are participating in the professional development program, you may also like to consider attending the Bushfire Building Conference and Exhibition in the Blue Mountains 8-9 September.

1. Hawkesbury-Nepean
Field Trip

The Hawkesbury Nepean valley is situated on the edge of the Sydney metropolitan area. The residents and businesses of the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley face unique risks in terms of economic or social damage and loss of life in the event of a flood. The Insurance Council of Australia identifies that this Valley has the highest flood risk in New South Wales. The bathtub-like topography of the Valley increases the potential depth and speed of flooding relative to other floodplains. This puts some population centres at risk of becoming ‘flood islands’ without any access to evacuation routes, and potentially being completely inundated in large floods. In 2016 the NSW Government announced the Hawkesbury Nepean flood strategy to address the complex flooding issues faced in the valley.

On this field trip, participants will tour the Warragamba Dam and the populated areas that can be flooded. Ranging from rural to peri-urban to urban areas, this field trip will provide opportunities to appreciate the scale of and complexity of the flood problem. Participants will gain an understanding of the mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery strategies for this complex river system.

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8:30am – 5:00pm

2. Blue Mountains
Field Trip

THIS SESSION IS SOLD OUT

The Blue Mountains is a unique heritage area and also one of the most bush fire prone areas in the world. The population across the district is 75,000 people who live in, or in the vicinity of 27 towns and villages across 143,000 hectares of land in the mountains. About 70 percent of the area is incorporated into the World Heritage Blue Mountains National Parks, with about 11 percent of the total land area in private ownership.

In October 2013, the Blue Mountains was impacted by the most devastating bush fires NSW has experienced in more than a decade. In one day, more than 200 homes were destroyed, with multiple fires burning across the Mountains. Despite the significant loss of property no lives were lost.

This field trip and aerial tour of the Blue Mountains will provide an appreciation of the risks and complex challenges faced by combat agencies and the community. Participants will gain an appreciation of the complexities involved in managing bush fires in one of the most bush fire prone areas in the World. The field trip is designed to be a practical and hands on experience targeting the areas of response, re-build and innovation.

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The Blue Mountains Field Trip is currently sold out but you can join the wait list here

7:00am – 5:00pm

3. Rozelle building fire and explosion 
Field trip

Participants will learn about the Rozelle building fire and explosion event, where Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) worked closely with NSW Police. The explosion and subsequent fire killed three people and destroyed a two-storey retail/residential premises. The incident attracted widespread state and national media and public attention. Additionally, participants will then travel to Ingleburn in Sydney’s south west to tour the FRNSW Urban Search and Rescue facility.

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9:00am – 3:30pm

4. Learning from Incidents 
Workshop

THIS SESSION IS SOLD OUT

Preventable human error is cited as the third leading cause of death in medicine. In other high-risk industries “human” or “pilot error” has been named as a primary cause of accidents and fatalities. But error is a common to all human actions. We are all human and we all err. Dr Ivan Pupulidy has spent the last 10 years exploring another way to look at error. This research has resulted in a new way for organizations to respond to accidents and incidents, called the Learning Review.

In this workshop, Dr Pupulidy will team with Roger Strickland, and together they will introduce the principles of the learning review, asking participants to consider the system and the conditions that surround human actions. This path allows us to use error as the starting point for an investigation and places learning ahead of blame.

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9:00am – 3:30pm

5. EMSINA Presents – Geospatial Intelligence, proudly sponsored by Fujitsu
Forum

Fujitsu

EMSINA

Geospatial Intelligence is a field of knowledge, a process, and a profession. As knowledge, it is information integrated in a coherent space-time context that supports descriptions, explanations, or forecasts of human activities with which decision makers take action. As a process, it is the means by which data and information are collected, manipulated, geospatially reasoned, and disseminated to decision-makers. The geospatial intelligence profession establishes the scope of activities, interdisciplinary associations, competencies, and standards in academic, government, and the private sectors.

This workshop is focused at all levels of emergency management to gain stronger understanding of the concepts and technologies as applied to ‘emergency management Geospatial intelligence’.

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9:00am – 3:00pm

6. Safety Symposium – Proudly supported by Emergency Services Health
Forum

Emergency Services Health Logo

The Safety Symposium is a gathering place for members of the global fire and emergency community to focus on safety. To discuss significant events and trends in safety, to promote best practices in safety training, equipment and operations, to reveal safety related research findings, and to explore new approaches to safety.

In a world that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, time pressured and ambiguous for emergency managers, the forum is themed on decision making in high risk and high consequence environments.

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9:00am – 3:00pm

7. Introduction to Disaster Resilience Education for Schools, 2nd National DRANZSEN Forum – Proudly supported by AIDR
Forum

AIDR

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) will host a development session to introduce Disaster Resilience Education for Schools. This event will include presentations and discussions about current research and activities for disaster resilience education for young people, and identify where gaps exist. AIDR will host their annual National DRANZSEN Forum in association with this event, allowing participants to gain a greater understanding of the work currently underway in their jurisdiction.

This is a NESA endorsed professional development activity for Proficient Teachers, Category 1, contributing 5 hours of NESA Registered PD and addressing 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

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Information for teachers

9:00am – 3:00pm

8. National Burning Project and Collaboration in Bushfire Management
Workshop

AIDR

This is a great opportunity to experience how collaboration frameworks and products from the National Burning Project can inform your planning processes.

This workshop will challenge participants to solve scenarios based on planning exercises that will give them tools to apply powerful collaboration frameworks for bushfire management and apply those tools to implement principles and guidelines of the National Burning Project in a prescribed burning context. The products of the National Burning Project were not only derived through collaborative effort but also provide principles and guidelines that are designed to increase collaboration of agencies and community in prescribed burning outcomes.

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9:00am – 3:30pm

9. Strategic risk ownership and implementation
Workshop

This workshop will walk participants through the risk ownership framework for emergency management policy and practice, which has been developed as part of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Program, to support implementation of risk ownership of natural hazard risks for strategic decision making. It uses a values-based approach to assessment that is designed to build consensus and increase the understanding of natural hazard risk in the broader community. The aim is to build a distributed and shared ownership of strategic risk actions that includes the emergency management sector, the community, business and industry and all levels of government.

The framework has been aligned to current risk assessment processes, in particular the NERAG, to support usability and integration of strategic risk ownership tasks into operational activities.

This professional development training workshop will cover the following:
• The process components needed for risk ownership
• How these components can be applied and integrated into different risk assessment frameworks and what tools are useful to support this
• The key concepts needed to exercise risk ownership effectively including strategic decision making and implementation
• Case study examples

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9:00am – 3:30pm

10. Strategies for developing more diverse, inclusive and respectful workplaces – Proudly supported by Motorola Solutions
Workshop

MotorolaSolutions

This workshop focuses on building leadership capability in developing diverse, inclusive and respectful workplaces. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the business case for gender diversity; how to identify and address unconscious biases in the workplace; and practical strategies for tapping into and capitalising on the diverse knowledge and expertise within your team to achieve organisational goals.

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9.00am – 2.00pm