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As both natural disasters and terror events become more frequent around the world, it's vital health practitioners, service managers and leaders are prepared to respond quickly and decisively.

This Melbourne MicroCert explores the essential principles of disaster management, with a focus on prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.

It's ideal for health professionals and those in government or management roles seeking the skills to effectively evaluate disaster management plans and more rigorously prepare for disaster events.

Explore key principles and terminology of disaster management

Gain a detailed understanding of the principles of disaster management, as well as key terminology, and different types of disasters and the hazards associated with them.

Understand disaster command and control

Explore the concepts of disaster command and control, and the structures and systems underpinning a disaster response. Understand how risk rating is applied to disaster scenarios.

Consider the impact of disasters on communities and workers

Examine the impact disasters have on vulnerable communities and consider the role of healthcare worker resilience.

Analyse a real-life disaster response scenario

Put your knowledge into practice by analysing response and recovery in a real case study. Examine materials like Coroner's reports, government inquiries, peer-reviewed literature and media reports to develop your analysis and provide recommendations to strengthen a future response.

Who you will learn from

Learn from skilled academic and professional experts who will share invaluable knowledge you can use in your job.

Professor George Braitberg AM

OStJ, MBBS, FACEM, FACMT, FRACMA, MBioethics, MHlthServMt, Dip Epi Biostats

George Braitberg is an emergency physician, toxicologist and medical administrator of 35 years. He is Head of the Emergency Medicine Stream for the Department of Critical Care at the University of Melbourne and Professor/Director of Emergency Medicine Research at Austin Health. His research interests include toxicology, ethical decision making and learning health systems and the management of acute emergencies. He is on several boards and national and international research committees.

Associate Professor Jonathan Knott

Emergency Physician and Director for Emergency Research at Royal Melbourne Hospital

Jonathan Knott is the Clinical Sub-Dean for Emergency Medicine at the University of Melbourne on the Executive for the Department of Critical Care and is Subject Coordinator within the Master of Disaster and Terror Medicine course. He is supervising students for their PhD and Masters projects at several Universities. He Chairs the International Federation for Emergency Medicine Research Committee and is Chair of the Board of the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria.


For individuals

To take Disaster Management Essentials as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, you'll pay the normal course price.

$990.00 AUD (inc GST)

Please contact Student Support to discuss discounts and payment options for University of Melbourne staff or alumni, or to pay by invoice.

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Registration closes Jul 9, 2023

For teams

If you have three or more team members who are keen to upskill with Disaster Management Essentials, get in touch to discuss pricing. For large groups, we can also deliver and contextualise this course exclusively for your organisation.


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10 July – 6 August 2023

Registration closes Jul 9, 2023

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