Emergency Management Conference

ESF has hosted the Emergency Management Conference (EMC) since 2000.

EMC is a fixture on Victoria’s emergency management calendar, providing a program relevant to the changing needs of a broad range of local agencies and their people both paid and volunteer.

A conference organising committee including a cross sector of agency representatives is responsible for developing a conference program to effectively reflect the theme of change and through knowledge sharing help drive continuous improvement.

For more information about the conference program and registration click here.

EMC 2021 will be a virtual conference. It will be broadcast on Monday 4 and Monday 11 October, with Craig Ferguson returning as compere.

EMC 2021

For 21 years the Emergency Services Foundation has proudly hosted EMC, the premier event in Victoria that brings our sector together to connect, harness and grow our collective wisdom and strength.

Over that time our operating environment has changed significantly, and through necessity our sector has also changed to meet the ever increasing complexity and duration of the emergencies we face. There have been numerous significant events to learn from and so many innovations to share. The theme for this years EMC is change. Whilst change is something that is often driven by us it is also something that can be forced upon us.

Having the time to discuss and reflect on topics such as how COVID has influenced so many aspects of emergency management over the past year as one example is so important for us all and I have no doubt participants will leave feeling challenged,  inspired and well informed by the high calibre speakers we have engaged to bring new insights to important contemporary topics such as this to the EMC program in 2021.

I look forward to being a part of the many broad ranging of conversations which will take place as part of the program and over a drink as the sector comes together at EMC.

We are extremely excited to be hosting this 21st EMC, a great achievement in itself. And as the new Chair of ESF I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

Tony Pearce

EMC 2020

You can watch a selection of presentations from the 2020 EMC event here.

What Kids Can Do! Lessons from Research with Young People in Disasters
Prof. Lori Peek – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnGOEV61eJU

Barriers to good mental health
Prof. David Forbes – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7tBGBiGD7A

Volunteer driven initiatives – the expertise, adaptability and creativity of volunteers
Dr Faye Bendrups – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vtfp9UU_1KY

Community, Trust & Empathy at the Heart of Recovery – Thoughts from Christchurch
Mayor Liane Dalziel – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTE0WIKTcZo

Meet two new EM leaders to Victoria
Michelle Young and Megan Stiffler – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Md1d0cL3Eo

Industry leaders discuss leadership, professionalism and communicating with stakeholders
Panel Discussion – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kOTfd3XhhY

Command and Control – Learnings from recent global events
Dr Justin Ready – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcvWWIsd5uc

Enabling sustainable emergency volunteering: Research insights and practical tips
Dr Darja Kragt – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5iwa7ip03U

Collaboration & Partnership with Indigenous Communities
Dr Tim Neale – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6UaLKbWTyQ

Smartphone activated medics – GoodSAM implementation in Victoria
Danielle Saxton – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2N9qZYSkN0

The establishment of Bushfire Recovery Vic and its future integration with the sector
Lee Miezis – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUZg2iu2gPU