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
Organisational UnitDepartment of Community Emergency Health and Paramedics
OfferedNot offered in 2013


This is a core unit in the Graduate Certificate of Disaster Preparedness and Management. The unit begins by outlining the classification and scope of major events that actually, or potentially, threaten the health status of a community. Contemporary models are described to examine and structure disaster risk reduction and preparedness. The unit will apply these models to a sample of recent major events in Australia, Oceania and/or Asia to develop the principles of emergency preparedness and capacity building. A major consideration will be exploring the personal attributes and emergency management leadership through effective communication with the community in times of emergency preparedness for major events. Students will apply the principles in this Unit to their respective professional practice.


On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Outline contemporary models and principles for disaster risk reduction and preparedness
  2. Discuss the application of risk assessment and vulnerability reduction in potential hazards in the student's local or professional environments, Australia, Oceania and Asian major events.
  3. Apply models and principles of disaster preparedness in the community, organisational and health care facility settings
  4. Discuss personal attributes and emergency management leadership through establishing effective community communication in times of Emergency Preparedness for Major Events.


3 part assignment (3,000 words) - 45% Assignment (3,000 words) - 55%

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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).