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 commences on the 27th July, and will run until the 8th November 2020.  The brochure to this is given below.

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The program 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 are:

Module 1:      Key Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Issues & Diagrams   –  27th July to 16th August

Module 2:      Participatory Tools, Project Management, and Teaching Tips    –   17th August to 6th September

Module 3:      Risk Management   –  7th to 27th September

Module 4:      Complex Emergencies, Conflict-related Situations, and Pandemics   –  28th September to 18th October

Module 5:      Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) & Climate Change  – 19th October to 8th November

The link to the assignment questions is given below.  As already indicated, eligible participants 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,

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

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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