GTAV bushfire article

This is a copy of the bushfire-related article entitled ‘ Bushfires:  Is the 2019/2020 bushfire season a portent for the future?’, which Chris wrote in January 2020 for the March 2020 edition of the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria (GTAV)’s quareterly magazine ‘Interaction’.  The GTAV link to this is, but this article can also be found here on this TorqAid link.


The article highlights the Emergency Response initiatives carried out during December 2019 through to January 2020, and the likely Recovery challenges which will emerge through the (2020) year.  It also includes some comments on likely future Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) initiatives, these including some related to Climate Change.  The GTAV article includes a number of classroom activities for Geography and other subjects.


online pdrm registration

The online accredited 2021 Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) draft program can be accessed from the link below.  This program will be taught from the 22nd February through to the 4th June 2021.


The draft Registration Form for the 2021 PDRM can be accessed from the folowing link.




online pdrm assignment

The 2021 Participatory Disaster Risk Management Program (PDRM) program, which consists of five modules, will be taught from the 22nd February  through to the 4th June 2021.  The link to this draft PDRM brochure is here.


For those seeking Advanced Standing from a couple of Australian universities, they will need to complete all five modules, and answer three assignment questions.  Follow the link below for these draft assignment details, with this document also including details of the two involved universities.


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


TorqAid produces a ‘one-pager’ Summary Sheet on key organisations which report on Covid-19. These include Government departments across Australia, as well as some key global agencies.  The latter include John Hopkins University (JCU), the WHO, Our World in Data, the Centres of Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), ACAPS, and the BBC


The TorqAid online accredited Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program also includes sections relating to Covid-19.  The next PDRM is running from the 22nd February to the 4th June 2021, and the link to this can be found below.  In particular Covid 19 in mentioned in:

  • Module 3 (Risk Management)
  • Module 4 (Complex Emergencies, Conflict-related Situations, & Pandemics)
  • Module 5 (Sustainable Development Goals {SDGs} & Climate Change, and the effects of Covid-19 on both of these)

Finally check out the article ‘A Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Diagrammatic Framework’ – see link below, particularly:

  • The effects of Covid-19 on the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) diagram – page 12
  • A Covid-19 Risk Matrix – page 22


Bushfires Bibliography

Enclosed is a bibliography, updated in June 2020, which includes some key references to the Australian 2019/20 bushfire sesason.  These include a few essential background readings related to climate change generally.