Online PDRM program

The 2021 online Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program is running from the 22nd February through to the 4th June 2021. The  brochure for this can be accessed below. There are five modules to this as highlighted in the five (2020) videos below. The PDRM is open to a combination of Australian or Global Humanitarian or Development Practitioners, tertiary level students, and other interested stakeholders.


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 can then, if they are otherwise eligible, 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 2021 dates are outlined below.

Module 1:
Key Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Diagrams & Issues
22nd Feb to 12th March 2021
[Preview Video]

Module 2:
Humanitarian Practitioner Attributes/Competencies, Participatory Tools & Project Management
15th March to 2nd April
[Preview Video]

Module 3
Risk Management
5-23rd April
[Preview Video]

Module 4:
Complex Emergencies, Conflict-related Situations, and Pandemics
26th April to 14th May
[Preview Video]

Module 5:
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) & Climate Change
17th May to 4th June
[Preview Video]

The copy of the Teaching Framework for the 2021 PDRM is given below.


The link to the 2021 assignment questions is given below. As already indicated, eligible participants seeking Advance Standing/Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) must complete all five modules, and answer three assignment questions.


The 2021 PDRM Registration Form can be downloaded below. It includes details of the costs of the modules, assignments (if these are being taken), and discounts for particular stakeholders.


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