23 April 2020: Virtual Conference – Disaster Management Conference


Virtual Conference: Disaster Management Conference


Thursday, 23 Apr 2020
02:00pm – 05:00pm


Virtual Conference: Disaster Management Conference

Event Description:


Steering the ship during a crisis
Thursday 23 April 2pm-5pm

Next Thursday, some of Australia’s leaders from the world of critical infrastructure will gather online to share their experiences in managing, surviving and thriving in the face of COVID-19.

We’ve gathered some of the experts tasked with steering energy, water and infrastructure organisations through this unprecedented chapter in history, and they’ll be sharing their insights with delegates during this free-to-attend event.


We’ve gathered a who’s who of experts from across Australia, to share their experiences in navigating the COVID-19 crisis.

Michelle Bradshaw – Manager Emergency Planning & Response, Energy Queensland

Michelle has a wealth of expertise in disaster and response, and works collaboratively with utilities across Australia and internationally on all aspects of disaster preparedness and response. Michelle leads the Emergency Management function for Energy Queensland; and is also currently leading the organisation’s COVID-19 response. During our virtual conference, Michelle will outline the steps she has been undertaking to see Energy Queensland through the crisis; and she will participate in a panel discussion with other critical infrastructure disaster managers on their response to COVID-19.

Dr Matt Pearce – National Sector Leader, Power & Utilities, KPMG Australia

Matt is the National Power & Utilities Sector Leader for KPMG Australia, across the power, water and renewable energy portfolios. Prior to this role, Matt led KPMG’s water portfolio. Matt’s presentation will delve beyond crisis management, and will explore what the owners and operators of critical services and infrastructure need to be doing now to minimise the impacts and recover quickly from COVID-19.

Dr Erin Smith – Senior Lecturer in Disaster and Emergency Response, Edith Cowan University

Erin is Course Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in Disaster and Emergency Response at Edith Cowan University. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine, where she also holds the positions of Convenor of the Psychosocial Special Interest Group and Deputy Chair of the Oceania Chapter. She is recognised around the world for her research on the long-term impact on the 9/11 first responders, and her presentation will focus on the mental health impacts COVID-19 will present, with advice and guidance on how to keep employees mentally strong during a crisis.

Brett Aimers – Business Resilience Specialist, VicTrack, Adjunct Associate Professor
Brett Aimers is an influential and future-thinking public safety and disaster management professional. He holds several academic appointments including at James Cook University, where he provides expert disaster management advice and guidance in relation to policy, practice, systems and concepts. Brett is also the Business Resilience Specialist at VicTrack, responsible for enhancing resilience and overseeing response and recovery for emergencies of major consequence, and maintaining a range of legislative requirements and functions. He is leading the organisation’s response to COVID-19, and will present a detailed case study on his experiences and actions undertaken to date.

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