Iain MacKenzie

Iain MacKenzie

Iain MacKenzie

Mr Iain MacKenzie (AFSM, MLshipMgt) was appointed the Senior Advisor, Emergency Management in the Office of the Hon David Littleproud MP, Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management. Iain is an Adjunct Professor with Griffith University and holds a Master’s degree in leadership and management (policing). 

Previously, Iain held the inaugural position of Inspector-General Emergency Management (IGEM) Queensland from 2013 to 2019. He has served 32 years with the Queensland Fire Service and held the position of Deputy Commissioner for more than seven years. In addition, Iain has worked at Executive and Deputy Executive Director levels within the former Emergency Management Queensland and Counter Disaster and Rescue Services.

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This research examined existing and modified communication to community members who may be affected by natural hazards to derive evidence-based insights into risk and warning communication during the response phase of emergencies. Through this project, the research team developed an evidence base for the context of risk and warning messages across multiple channels and sources, constructed evidence-based warning messages that overcome ambiguity caused by conflict between warning messages and socio-environmental cues, optimised warning messages to improve community members’ readiness to act in accordance with emergency instructions, and translated research findings into practical tools tailored to the existing and emergent needs of end-users.
This study examined in-depth lessons from historical emergencies and disasters by engaging with state and federal response agencies, as well as those supporting response and recovery, and local government.
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This project was commissioned and funded entirely by the Office of the Inspector-General Emergency Management Queensland.

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