Brought to you by the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference

National DRANZSEN Forum

Date AEST, 25 August 2023


Free to attend

Where and when?

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Room Plaza 4 & 5

Friday 25 August 8:30am - 3:00pm (AEST)

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR), through the Education for Young People program, promotes the development of hazard-related knowledge, skills and strategies for all young Australians.

Disaster resilience education equips students with the confidence to take protective action before, during and after an emergency or disaster.

The Disaster Resilient Australia-New Zealand School Education Network (DRANZSEN) is a national initiative, developing the knowledge and skills of educators to deliver disaster resilience education in partnership with local experts in hazards and emergency management.

This National Forum offers an opportunity for educators, researchers, practitioners from emergency services and others, to:

  • consider current research in disaster resilience education,
  • explore innovative case studies from Australian schools,
  • review national priorities, and
  • identify common challenges, opportunities and future directions.

Who should attend?

  • Teachers and other representatives from the education sector (including curriculum/STEM leaders, school principals and critical response personnel)
  • community engagement and education staff from the emergency/disaster management sector
  • relief and recovery agencies
  • federal, state and local government representatives
  • research academics
  • subject teachers' associations
  • community and volunteer organisations
  • corporate organisations



Time Session  
8.30 am Arrival - tea and coffee
9.00 am Welcome/Acknowledgement to Country
9.15 am

Opening and welcome
Moderator: Dr Margaret Moreton, Executive Director, AIDR

9.30 am

Opening Panel: Young peoples' perspectives on disaster resilience
Moderator: Dr Margaret Moreton, Executive Director, AIDR

Ella Cheeseman, Youth Peer Worker, Indigo Shire Council
Sereena Zanuso, member of the headspace Lismore Young People’s Advisory Committee and School Support Worker from Northern Rivers region of NSW

10.30 am  Morning tea
11.00 am Cairns in Your Hands
Dan Kaggelis, Head of Department Humanities & Sustainability, Smithfield State High School
11.20 am Supporting the leaders to lead: Why support for school leaders is critical for community recovery
Kristen Douglas, Head of headspace Schools and Communities
11.40 am DFES WA’s Disaster Resilience Education Strategy for Children and Young People 
Liz Addison, Youth Strategy Research & Development Coordinator, Community Preparedness / Children & Youth Education, Department of Fire and Emergency Services WA
12.00 pm

Interactive roundtables 

Moderator: Dr Margaret Moreton

12.30 pm  Lunch
1.15 pm Birdie and the Northern Rivers Floods: Collaborating for resilience in early childhood
Sharleen Keleher, Project Officer, QLD Centre For Perinatal and Infant Mental Health
1.35 pm

Panel Presentation – Understanding the role of families in supporting children following a disaster
Moderator: Ben Rogers, Emerging Minds
PanellistsBron Sparks, Lived experience; Sarah Eagland, Head of Community Recovery, Royal Far West; Ruby Awram, Emerging Minds; Andrea Baldwin, QLD Centre For Perinatal And Infant Mental Health

2.25 pm

Climate Superpowers: a strengths-based website for and by children and young people
Phoebe Quinn, Research Fellow & PhD candidate, University of Melbourne 

2.45 pm 

Closing remarks

3.00 pm

Event concludes