Foundations in Disaster Recovery

Understanding impacts to people and communities

Overview

This short course has been specifically designed for practitioners, volunteers and community members who are (or will be) working in post-disaster settings. The course has been written by leading disaster recovery researchers at the University of Melbourne and combines the rigour of academic research with a focus on practical application.

Over the last two decades there have been significant advances in the field of disaster recovery and resilience research. As disasters increase in frequency and intensity, disaster recovery practitioners are increasingly working in complex environments, often with limited access to training and professional development.

This course is in a flexible format across five weeks with a combination of online and (optional) in-person learning. The content covered provides a foundation for disaster recovery practitioners, volunteers and community leaders who want to deepen their understanding of disaster recovery, how to consider disaster related impacts and how to access evidence-based materials to support practice.

Throughout this course there will be an opportunity for participants to engage with contemporary disaster recovery research and work with others engaged in disaster recovery from a range of perspectives.

Who is the course designed for?

This short course has been specifically designed for practitioners, volunteers and community members who are (or will be) working in post-disaster settings. The course focuses on supporting learners to deepen their understanding of disaster recovery and using evidence-based materials to support practice.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand key principles of disaster recovery
  • Increase confidence in accessing and using research evidence
  • Understand disaster impacts and their interconnected nature
  • Build a network of peers

Course modules

Module 1: Understanding recovery

Module 2: Understanding disaster impacts

Module 3: Bringing theory and practice together

Module 4: Multiple disasters

Assessments

There are no assessments for this short course.

Delivery mode

Combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning over five weeks. Most of the content will be self-paced online learning, with one real time online meeting, one real time webinar and a one day in-person workshop (optional).

The one day in person workshop will be held on week 3 of the course. Attendance at this workshop is optional but is strongly encouraged for participants to get the most out of their learning experience.

Dates

2023

8 May – 9 June 2023

In-person workshop: Melbourne - Tuesday 23 May

October (TBA)

Cost

$990 (inc GST)

$220 (inc GST) – optional in-person workshop

Scholarships

We understand cost is a barrier to participating in study. We have 2 full scholarship spots for the course registration costs (including the in-person workshop) open for applications. Preference will be given to those who can demonstrate how they will use the course content and those with no access to training budgets or other professional development opportunities. The scholarship scheme is expected to be highly competitive. The application form can be accessed here. The deadline for scholarship applications is February 28, 2023.

Queries

For more information contact:

Dr Kate Brady kate.brady@unimelb.edu.au

Dr Claire Leppold claire.leppold@unimelb.edu.au