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The 5th Australian & New Zealand Search & Rescue Conference was held at RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast on Friday 14 June 2019.

The conference theme for 2019 ‘SAR Never Sleeps  –  Past, Present and Future of Search & Rescue’ included presentations on multi-agency collaboration, communication, critical skills, leadership and decision making while considering resilience, health and the well being of SAR personnel. Presenters shared lessons learnt and how the lessons have been implemented through identification of insights and response to coordination of search and rescues.

With over 25 thought provoking presentations, all attendees had the opportunity to collaborate, network and learn from one another to continue improving our search and rescue industry operations.

Featured Speakers 2019


Dr Katrina Sanders, Chief Medical Officer People, Safety & Security, Australian Federal Police
Senior Constable Barry Shepherd, New Zealand Police &
Senior Constable Conrad Smith, New Zealand Police (co-presenting)
Leading Senior Constable Kel Boers BM OAM, Specialist Response Group, Support Capability, Maritime, Australian Federal Police
Dr Matt Brearley, Research Scientist, National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre
Mr Mark Morrow, General Manager Response, Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)
Dr Katie Bruce, CEO, Volunteering NZ

Important Dates

  • Notification to authors: 15 March 2019
    Author acceptances due: 22 March 2019
  • Presenter registration and payment: 22 March 2019
    Draft program available: 26 March 2019
    Presentation amendments: 19 April 2019
    Early bird registrations close: 8 May 2019

Conference Topics

Search & Rescue
SAR Communication and Technology
Resilience, Health & Wellbeing
Leadership & decision making
Lessons Learnt, Linking past and present to future

2019 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Who Should Attend

  • Emergency Services, Police, Fire, Ambulance
    Volunteer Organisations
    Air and Sea Search and Rescue
    Surf Life Saving
    State Government/ Local Government/ Policymakers/ Councils
    University/ Academic/ Research
    Weather/ Bureau
    Health Services
    Front line workers
    Training Organisations
    Equipment Providers

Program Advisory Committee

  • Mr Martin Boyle, CEM – Field Support and Emergency Management Coordinator, Australian Antarctic Division (Conference Chair)
  • Mr Rhett Emery, NSSP Coordinator, New Zealand Search and Rescue
  • Mr Stephen Leahy, Chief Executive Officer, Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter
  • Ms Louise Proctor, Senior Advisor Response Planning, Australian Maritime Safety Authority
  • Assistant Commissioner Stephen Smith, Assistant Commissioner, South Western Region, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
  • Senior Sergeant Jim Whitehead, Queensland State Search & Rescue Coordinator & Training Officer, Queensland Police Service
  • Mr Dean Storey, Deputy Commissioner, Marine Rescue NSW
    Mr Mark Cattell, Assistant Chief Officer, Victoria State Emergency Service

Learning Outcomes

On completion of your attendance at the 2019 Australian & New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference we are confident you will walk away with a wide range of key facts, findings and experiences that will assist your role and organisation within the search and rescue sector.

Your top five (5) ‘take home’ learning outcomes* include:

  1. Discover emerging high tech SAR technologies, capabilities and products
  2. Identify new learnings from individual and collaborative case studies
  3. Receive updates on the changes to demographics, technology, politics, environment and the economy
  4. Broaden your knowledge on controlling risks through hazard awareness, correct procedures and policies, PPE and training
  5. Hear findings of whole system approaches to reduce the impact of SAR and trauma incidents

*Please note that these learning outcomes may vary due to your varied attendance.


Conference Committee would like to thank the 2018 Featured Speakers 


  • Superintendent Cameron Edgar, Zone Manager, NSW Ambulance Rescue Helicopters
  • Mr Dave Greenberg, Emergency Management Consultant
  • Ms Lisa Marie Jackson, Manager Standards & Review, Emergency Management Victoria
  • Senior Sergeant Jim Whitehead, Queensland State Search & Rescue Coordinator & Training Officer, Queensland Police Service
  • Paul Carlyon, Surf Lifeguard, Clinical Psychologist, and member of Surf Lifesaving New Zealand Board of Directors
  • Detective Superintendent Mark Hutchings, Commander, Marine Area Command, NSW Police
  • Mr Jamie Hansen, Operations Manager, Performance Improvement, Country Fire Authority Force



In 2014 Mark was appointed by the Police Minister to Chair, the NSW Safer Waters Sub-Committee to address Coastal and Inland water drowning. Under the auspice of this committee a project to address `Rock Fishing Fatalities’ has led to the introduction of the Rock Fishing Safety Bill, 2016.

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Rich Hungerford is a former Australian SAS soldier who now teaches survival, tracking and bushcraft skills at his Bush Lore Australia Survival School in Queensland, Australia. With over twenty-five years of professional survival and tracking training and experience Rich has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and been there and done it. Accordingly, survival is not just a hobby or an interest for Rich, it is what he does.

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When does abstract submission close?
Can I make a group registration?

If you are registering 3 or more delegates, please contact the secretariat regarding your registration.

When does early bird registration close?

Earlybird Registration closes: 5.00pm AEST Wednesday 1 May 2019. A discount is available for registrations received and paid before 5.00pm AEST Wednesday 1 May 2019. Registrations not paid by that date will be re-invoiced at the standard rate.