Emergency Management Conference 2017

This year’s conference brings together Victoria’s emergency management experts and practitioners to share experiences, lessons, research and stories that ensure we build community resilience by being
safer, inclusive and connected.

Safer – Communities are at the centre of planning and decision making. From individuals right through to our modern workplaces and cities; we have the tools and resources to help ourselves and
those around us to be safer before, during and after all emergencies.

Inclusive – The emergency management system reflects the full diversity of our communities, and this makes us stronger. Our diversity is recognised and celebrated in the community, workplaces and sector and assists us with planning for, responding to and recovering from emergencies.

Connected – Whether we connect virtually or face to face, connection to our trusted networks has become a lifeline for us before, during and after emergences.

Hear how being safer, inclusive and connected is the backbone of our sector, and why this is so important right now.

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Keynote Speakers

Susan Alberti AC

susan alberti acSusan Alberti AC is one of Australia’s pre-eminent philanthropists, having donated millions of dollars to medical research and other charitable causes over her successful business career.

Susan was a finalist in the Australian of the Year Award in 1997 and again in 2009. In 1997 she received an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) for her contributions towards the cause of diabetes  research. Susan was awarded an AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) on January 2007. This recognised her long and outstanding contribution to major medical research institutions, particularly as a philanthropist, fundraiser and advocate for Type1 diabetes care and research.

On Australia Day 2016, Susan was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) Award in recognition of her eminent service to the community, particularly through philanthropic and fundraising support for a range of medical research, education and to young women as a role model and mentor.

Susan sits on many boards, and recently retired as Vice President of the AFL Western Bulldogs Football Club. She is also Director of the AFL National Women’s League Advisory Group, and is acknowledged as a driving force in the foundation of the AFL Women’s League.


Sarah Stuart-Black, Director, Ministry for Civil Defence Emergency Management, NZ

sarah stuart blackSarah Stuart-Black was appointed the Director of the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management in December 2014. She joined the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management in 2003 and has held a number of different roles during her time with the Ministry. She graduated in England in 2000 with a first class BSc (Hons) Development and Health in Disaster Management and in
2002, a Masters by Research in Disaster Management.

Sarah has had a diverse range of operational experience within New Zealand and England, as well as events in Ethiopia, Niue and the Solomon Islands. She was a member of the United Nations Disaster Assessment & Coordination Team for nine years and has represented New Zealand at a variety of international forums, bilateral, regional and global meetings, exercises and forums.




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