Resilience to Hazards

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SA SES volunteers clearing up after a storm. Photo SA State Emergency Service
SA SES volunteers clearing up after a storm. Photo SA State Emergency Service

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This new project began in July 2017, and has two parts: Adapting the sector, led by Dr Blythe McLennan, and Changing management practice, led by Dr Patrick Dunlop.

This new project began in July 2017, and has two parts:

  1. Adapting the sector
  2. Changing management practice

Adapting the sector

This section of will investigate why change is needed, and explore the developments that are likely to occur over the next decade that will require adaption by emergency service organisations. Current models, frameworks and processes will be reviewed, with a survey conducted with key stakeholders to understand the key barriers to organisational change. Outcomes will highlight the best ways to enable change and overcome barriers, or emphasise if new approaches are needed.

Changing management practice

This component aims to measure culture for inclusion and change at emergency services and improve emergency service volunteers’ retention. Two tools will be developed to achieve this – a cultural diagnostics tool for volunteer groups, and retention through effective on-boarding. Outcomes of this work will be actionable steps on how to help brigades and units build or improve a culture of inclusiveness, and then undertake an evaluation of the effectiveness of those actions taken.

Retention through effective on-boarding will investigate the volunteer retention issues within emergency services by reviewing recruitment practices, reviewing current socialisation and training, and understanding the implications of diversity amongst volunteers.

For the first time, emergency services and police across Australia will be surveyed about their mental health and wellbeing
31 August, 2017
A new direction of natural hazards research is set to begin, with nine new research projects from the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC.
22 March, 2017
An exciting new direction of natural hazards research in Australia is set to begin, with eight new Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC projects beginning in July. These new projects, covering coastal management, emergency management capability, land use planning and recovery, are part of the next phase of national research into natural hazards.
Year Type Citation
2017 Conference Paper Rumsewicz, M. Research proceedings from the 2017 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC Conference. Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC & AFAC annual conference 2017 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2017).

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