Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)


This is a core unit of the Graduate Certificate in Disaster Preparedness and Management. The unit will outline contemporary models and general principles of disaster recovery, and the interface of the 'response' and the 'recovery' phases, including community resilience, using a sample of recent major events from Australia, Oceania and/or Asia. The unit will explore the ongoing community support that may be required, the psychosocial issues of recovery, and the restoration of infrastructure following major events. The unit will examine the personal attributes and emergency management leadership required in disaster recovery. Students will apply the principles in this Unit to their respective professional practice.


By the completion of this unit the student will be able to:

  1. Describe contemporary models and principles of disaster recovery planning and the medical, public health, psychological and behavioural, infrastructure and emergency management issues which may need to be managed, specifically in the student's local or professional environments
  2. Describe attitudes and skills to continue to develop and further enhance their personal and professional development as emergency service providers.
  3. Critically review the strategies to care for self as an emergency service provider.
  4. Demonstrate personal attributes and emergency management leadership within an appropriate ethical and professional construct in the setting of disaster recovery.


3 Part Assignment (3,000 words) - 45% Assignment ( 3,000 words) - 55%

Chief examiner(s)

Ingrid Brooks

Contact hours

Off-campus students:
Students are required to spend 12 hours per week on this unit working through self-directed learning materials, participating in tutorials through MUSO and in preparation of unit assessment tasks (156 hours total).