Our People

Vivienne Tippett
Project Leader

About

Professor Tippett is Professor and Head of Discipline for Paramedicine in the Faculty of Health at QUT and the Director of Research for QUT’s School of Clinical Science.  Professor Tippett is also an Executive Member of the Centre for Emergency and Disaster Management (CDEM) and has worked for over ten years as a researcher in the area of pre-hospital care, including seven years as Director of the Australian Centre for Pre-hospital Care Research at University of Queensland and Queensland Ambulance Service. In recognition of this work she was awarded the Distinguished Services Medal by the Queensland Ambulance Service in 2011. In 2014 she was achnowledged as one of 125 Women in Leadership awardees by the YWCA.

Professor Tippett is currently leading a Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC consortium on emergency warnings and crisis communication.

Project leadership

With the multitude of warnings issued when an emergency hits, how can emergency services ensure their critical safety advice is heard and acted upon, rather than dismissed as noise? This project is helping emergency services warn communities by actively testing the wording and structure of warning messages to better understand how messages are understood and translated into direct action. The team is supporting broader initiatives in the communications and warnings space, not just for individual organisations, but also at the national level by providing reviews and assisting with the development of evidence-based warning doctrine.

Supervisory roles

Project Student
The role of pharmacists in disasters Kaitlyn Porter

Posters credited

Building resilient communities: Creating effective multi-channel communication during disaster response and recovery


To examine evidence-based strategies that motivate appropriate action and increase informed decision-making during the response and recovery phases of disasters.

Building Resilient Communities: Creating Effective Multi-Channel Communication During Disaster Response and Recovery


Our aim is to examine evidence-based strategies to motivate appropriate action and increase informed decision-making during the response and recovery phases of disasters. We combine expertise in communication, consumer psychology and marketing, disaster and emergency management, and law.

Vivienne Tippett Conference Poster 2016


Testing the elements of optimal emergency warnings: Some insights from 10 focus groups and 77 experiments of 3615 Australians

Key Topics:
Building resilient communities: creating effective multi-channel communication during disaster response and recovery


The aim of this project is to examine evidence-based strategies that motivate appropriate action and increase informed decision-making during the response and early recovery phases of natural disasters. These are the results from work conducted over 2014-2017. We will be expanding on this project during 2017-2020.

All the resources from our 2016 conference

Research program in detail

Where, why and how are Australians dying in floods?

2015-2016 year in review

Bushfire planning with kids ebook