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Postgraduate Emergency and Disaster Management Studies

Master of Emergency and Disaster Management

Graduate Diploma of Emergency and Disaster Management

Graduate Certificate of Emergency and Disaster Management

Based in the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory, at the centre of the ‘Top End’ and Australia’s gateway to Indonesia and South-East Asia, this highly unique course focuses on a geographic region that is arguably the most prone to, and affected by, natural and man-made emergencies and disasters.

This course provides a comprehensive package that enhances the capacity of current and future practitioners in this field to utilise that knowledge appropriately, collaboratively and productively in this changing region. The course creates a solid foundation that enables students to translate academic developments into practical responses and translates professional experience into the academic sphere of this rapidly evolving sector.

Further information can be found in the course brochure, in the course catalogue, and via CDU Mobile (iOS, Android, Kindle Fire).

Prospective Students are advised to contact the Course Coordinator via the feedback form before enrolling to discuss individual needs and course requirements.

Classess are offered online after normal working hours, helping you fit study into your schedule. Presentations and discussions are also recorded and are available for review and revision.

The course has been designed with the educational needs of current and future leaders in emergency and disaster management at its heart. Therefore, the course not only provides essential knowledge about how to manage responses to various types of emergencies and disasters, but also provides for a holistic, in-depth understanding of disaster cycle management, including prevention and preparedness. This course moves beyond academic and theoretical engagement to provide the practical and applied knowledge required to work in this sector, be it with a national agency or an international organisation.

The course provides students with the technical, managerial and leadership skills required to progress in their current careers and enables students to enter new career pathways. The option to focus in on a particular area or sidestep into an aligned specialization is provided through the wide range of specialist elective units of which students can choose four. This enables the course to provide a breadth and depth of education that is helping students to advance their careers in the way most appropriate to them.

The course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the highly complex approaches to emergency and disaster management in this unique region: exploring the particular geographical risks relevant to coastal regions and island and archipelagic nations; and the particular cultural knowledges and customs of the region, including those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The course’s analytical and comparative design builds the capacity of students to learn and apply knowledge reflexively, so that they are able to transition more easily within the region as well as to other geographic regions such as Africa, the Middle East and South-America. Students are also actively encouraged to translate and exchange knowledge and experience with the international humanitarian aid and development sector.

The course links students through a unique combination of hands-on and academic approaches to foster collaboration with important stakeholders and utilise existing expertise in the region. In doing so, the course actively builds partnerships that ensure students and course content are responsive to the existing and newly emerging needs of emergency and disaster management in the region.

This course is designed and delivered exclusively by experienced Guest lecturers and CDU lecturers who have significant practical, as well as academic expertise in this sector. Course assessment is based on a combination of written papers, student presentations and briefings combined with practical components during online workshops and seminars. It utilises comparative briefings of national and international organisational responses in order to foster knowledge sharing about emergency and disaster management in the region.

Students provide regular presentations and briefings in order to practice this technique and share knowledge about relations between countries and institutions in the region and a comparative understanding of capacities and norms of emergency and disaster management to build regional understanding and cooperation.

The course uses scenario training, simulation and role-play to develop practical analytical, decision-making and collaborative working skills. Comparative analysis and critical analysis are built into students’ regular engagement in weekly live seminars and workshops. This helps practitioners unfamiliar with the critical analysis process to ease into the academic mode of engagement with texts and practices.

Although there are practical components that require short periods of attendance (7 days total) in Darwin, this course is designed for online participation in live seminars and workshops and students can choose to conduct their study at any CDU campus in Australia, or to participate online from any other part of the world.

CDU Lecturers & Guest Lecturers: DEM511 / DEM512 / DEM513 / DEM514

Dr. Matt Brearley                                               
National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre, Disaster Medical Research Manager
Prof. Douglas PatonUniversity of Tasmania, Professor in Psychology
Mr. Grant HammonNorthern Territory Fire and Rescue Services, Assistant Chief Fire Officer
Mr. George PetropolousUnited Nations, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Head of Programming and Strategy (Common Humanitarian Fund)
Ms. Paula TenagliaAction Against Hunger (Canada), Director of Operations
Mr. Tarik KadirAction Against Hunger (France), Regional Director - Asia
Mr. Hitendra SolankiLondon Southbank University (UK), Senior Lecturer
Mr. Anthony WattsAustralian Federal Police, Senior Constable
Mr. Riccardo PolastroIOD PARC, Principal Consultant
Dr. Kim SpurwayUniversity of New South Wales, Lecturer
A/Prof. Regan PotangaroaUNITEC (NZ), School of Architecture
Ms. Amra LeeHumanitarian Protection Group, Principal
Ms. Jenny LeeConsultant, Humanitarian Aid
Dr. Anne GibbsInstitute of Public Works Engineering Australia, Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Christine KenneyJoint Centre for Disaster Research (NZ), Senior Research Fellow
Dr. Lisa LawJames Cook University, Senior Lecturer
Dr. Suzanne PhibbsMassey University (NZ), Senior Lecturer
Ms. Kym BlechyndemUniversity of Tasmania, Lecturer
Ms. Cristina de Nicolás IzquierdoConsultant, Humanitarian Aid
Dr. Elspeth OppermannCDU, The Northern Institute, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
A/Prof. James SmithCDU, Office of the Vice Chancellor of Indigenous Leadership
Dr. Simon MossCDU, School of Psychological and Clinical Science, Senior Lecturer
Prof. Rose McEldowneyCDU, School of Health, Head of School
A/Prof. Akhilesh SurjanCDU, School of Health, Associate Professor
Ms. Nuran HigginsCDU, School of Health, Lecturer
Dr. Fran RichardsonCDU, School of Health, Lecturer
Ms. Adriana StibralCDU, School of Health, Lecturer

Charles Darwin University's Schools of Health, Environment, Business, Law, Engineering, Information Technology, Psychological and Clinical Sciences, the Northern Institute (NI), the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL), the Research Centre for Health and Wellbeing (SoH), the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE), Menzies School of Health Research and the School of Indigenous Knowledges and Public Policy (SIKPP) support the course design and delivery along with academics and practitioners working with national and international organizations such as: