Not offered in 2018

Unit description

Provides a foundation understanding and practical application of planning for community disaster preparedness. Examines international practice in community disaster planning processes, the theory and practice of community preparedness, and how to prepare an effective disaster plan.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction

International imperative
United Nations leadership
Hyogo framework for action 2005-2015: Building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters
Differentiating between preparedness, prevention and resilience

Topic 2: From response to prevention

Proactive versus reactive
Factors influencing the changing direction
Development and population growth
Community empowerment

Topic 3: Building resilience in the community

Community profiling
Identifying the strengths and weaknesses in the community
Assessing resilience
Facilitating resilience in communities

Topic 4: Planning for resilient communities

Policy analysis
Disaster planning
Multi-agency cooperation
Disaster response exercises

Topic 5: Integrating resilience into emergency management

Accountability issues
Learning from previous experiences
Evaluation of preparedness

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2018 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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