Online PDRM program

The online Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program has been modified for 2020, taking into account the 2019/2020 Australian bushfires, the current 2020 global Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, and Climate Change.  This PDRM commenced on the 27th July, and is being taught until the 8th November 2020. Whilst some university students will need to complete their assignments by early November, the actual program remains open until the 13th December.  The PDRM is open to a combination of Australian or Global Humanitarian or Development Practitioners, Tertiery level students, and other interested stakeholders.  The brochure to this PDRM program is highlighted below.


The PDRM consists of five modules, as outlined below.  Participants can take any number of these. If participants take all five modules, and the required follow-up assignments, they are then able, if they are otherwise eligible, to seek Advanced Standing from a number of Master level courses offered by a couple of Australian universities (see Assignment details in the section after the modules). The five modules on offer, and their dates these are being taught are outlined below.  Embedded in the PDRM program, there is also a video on the overall course, plus separate videos on each of the five modules.

Module 1:
Key Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Issues & Diagrams
27th July to 16th August
[Preview Video]

Module 2:
Participatory Tools, Project Management, and Teaching Tips
17th August to 13th September
[Preview Video]

Module 3
Risk Management
14th September to 4th October
[Preview Video]

Module 4:
Complex Emergencies, Conflict-related Situations, and Pandemics
5th to 18th October
[Preview Video]

Module 5:
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) & Climate Change
19th October to 8th November
[Preview Video]

The link to the assignment questions is given below.  As already indicated, eligible participants seeking Advance Standing/Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) must complete all five modules. They then must answer three assignment questions, basing their answers on three of the modules in question.  The information below outlines the assignment details, as well as the contact details of the two universities in question.  Murdoch University students must complete their assignments by the 22nd November, as these will then be marked and returned to them by early December. Other students can complete their assignments in their own time, but no later than 5th Nov 2021 .


The PDRM Registration Form can be downloaded below.  This is in Word format and should be completed and returned to Chris Piper at  It includes details of the costs of the modules, assignments (if these are being taken), and possible discounts.


During 2021, the PDRM will be facilitated on two occasions, with the teaching dates being outlined below. A brochure (plus new registration form and assignments) for 2021 will be ready by early November 2020, although interested people can always contact Chris beforehand on
– From the 22nd Feb to 5th June 2021
– From the 26th July to 5th Nov 2021

Bushfire CRV training

Currently Chris, working as the Baptist Union of Victoria (BUV)s Bushfire Recovery Adviser (BRA) is working with the BUV and the Baptist Unions in NSW & ACT to develop a practical training program for their bushfire-related Community Recovery Volunteers (CRVs).  These are people selected and trained up to provide ongoing informal support for bushfire-affected families from the 2019/20 Australian bushfires.  Currently, seven key area of training and orientation are being developed, these being:

  • An understanding/overview of the 2019/2020 bushfires
  • The importance of psychosocial and social restoration
  • The need for effective coordination and information sharing
  • The challenge facing people who’ve lost their homes, of living in temporary accommodation over the winter period
  • The challenge of economic restoration, particularly for primary producers and small businesses
  • The complications of effective interaction with affected folk, due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown
  • The ongoing debate on the role of climate change on bushfires, and subsequent effective future disaster risk reduction (DRR) initiatives to ensure safer communities