When we talk about climate change and natural disaster response and recovery, we talk about building resilient communities and infrastructure. But what about building resilient practitioners? Disaster management often relies on people with great skills and experience in their professional areas of practice, but with less experience in the day-to-day realities of intense and prolonged response and recovery events. In this webinar, we discuss what it could look and feel like to have a role in disaster response and recovery and delve into the importance of the psychological wellbeing and resilience of practitioners. Using real life examples and research, we will help practitioners be in a better place for the changing climate and their roles in prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.
Meet the Speaker | Matthew Dyer
Matthew Dyer is a Principal Program Officer with Queensland Fire and Emergency Service. He has spent the last 15 years in disaster management, working at various levels of government in both corporate and frontline roles. His experience includes working in the State Disaster Coordination Centre through significant events including Tropical Cyclone Larry, Yasi and the 2010-2011 South-East Queensland Floods. With a background in Behavioural Science, he has worked on numerous research roles focusing on psychological well-being. In his current role he is responsible for planning, research, and climate change adaption and transition, to create and sustain a safe and resilience Queensland in the face of disasters.
This webinar will run on Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).