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.


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,


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.



Enclosed is a Coronavirus COVID-19 information sheet (version 8, dated 1st June 2020). It includes first of all key material relating to Australia and Victoria, this including links to the Australian Government, the Australian Federal Government’s Department of Health, the Victorian Government’s Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), and the ABC.  It also includes the latest material on the global pandemic as produced by the World Health Organisation (WHO), John Hopkins University (JHU), the BBC, Our World in data, and, for those working in particularly vulnerable countries, ACAPS .


The TorqAid online accredited Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program is running from the 27th July to the 8th November, and this includes a number of assignment questions which include the effects of COVID-19.   The link to the PDRM is given below:




The Australian 2019/2020 bushfire season has been unprecedented in its intensity and geographical spread. Following the fires, Chris has spent some time working as a Bushfire Recovery Adviser (BRA) for a major church body operating across Victoria, this involving him visiting affected communities in the east of Victoria.  Follow the link below for Chris’ role as a BRA.


The next TorqAid online acccredited Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program is running from the 27th July through to the 8th November 2020. There are five modules relating to this, with the 2019/2020 Australian bushfires being a major case study at the end of the first module (Key DRM Issues & Diagrams). Follow the link below for this PDRM program.


Chris also prepared an article on the bushfires for the March 2020 edition of the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria’s (GTAV) quarterly ‘Interaction’ magazine.  This includes some suggested Classroom Activities for Secondary level students.  Read a copy of the GTAV article below.


Finally, note the links to both a bushfire-related Bibliography, and a separate Agency Directory.

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