Upcoming seminar addresses cultural responses to bushfires and other emergencies

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Wednesday 22 April 2009

This seminar will explore the issues and challenges that arise when engaging with CALD communities during emergency situations, including:

  • effective forms of communication during emergency procedures
  • creating awareness about fire prevention
  • cultural knowledge of managing bush fires
  • assessing risk and community needs


Christine Nixon has extensive experience addressing the needs of a wide range of communities through her career in the police service. As Chair of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, Christine coordinates the activities of all local, state and Commonwealth Government agencies, and community organisations involved in helping communities affected by February’s bushfires.

Andrew Zammit is a Commander with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade focussing on the Brigade’s response to the bushfires; and recommendations coming out of the Bushfire Royal Commission.  Andrew’s breadth of knowledge around emergency response includes working with CALD communities and emergency prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.

Michele Grossman is an associate professor at Victoria University, who leads research with and about CALD communities. Michele has extensive interest and engagement with issues related to cultural diversity, including young people, juvenile justice, and policy. In this seminar, Michele will speak about culture as resilience in building community.

See the ICEPA cultural responses to emergencies seminar flyer for more  information.

9.30 - 10am registration, with morning tea.
Seminar:10.00am - 12.00pm

Ballroom A, Rendevous Hotel (Melways 2009 ref: Map 1A J9) 328 Flinders Street, Melbourne

Contact Sue Butterworth by Monday 20 April
Phone: 9919 5478
Email: [email protected]

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22 April 2009