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 early 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 6th September
[Preview Video]

Module 3
Risk Management
7th to 27th September
[Preview Video]

Module 4:
Complex Emergencies, Conflict-related Situations, and Pandemics
28th September 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 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 8th November, as these will then be marked and returned to them by the end of that month.  Other students can complete their assignments in their own time.


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.


Finally, there is a section on page 4 of the PDRM brochure on other details, such issues such as registration dates, and likely time commitment.




Enclosed is a one-pager’ COVID-19 information sheet, dated July 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 .


TorqAid has developed a modified version of its Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) diagram, which shows the adverse effects on the six main components of DRR as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic.  An explanation of this is also included in the Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Diagrammatic Framework article, pages 10-11.  Follow the links below to both the COVID-19 DRR diagram, and the DRM Diagramatic Framework article.

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The TorqAid online accredited Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program is running from the 27th July to the 8th November.  This consists of five modules, a number of which have reference to COVID-19.

Module 1:  Includes details of the 2020 Australian bushfire recovery process, and the complications of COVID-19 on this

Module 2: Includes the ‘What Matters’ humanitarian bulletin surveys carried out in the Rohingya refugee settlements in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, and the complications of COVID-19

Module 3:  Includes a risk management exercise relating to COVID-19

Module 4: Focuses in on complex emergencies (eg Syria/Yemen) and conflict-related situations (the Rohingya), and includes complications caused by COVID-19

Module 5: Includes the potential adverse effects of COVID-19 on both the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Climate Change, initiatives

The link to the PDRM program is given below: