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As the Conference Chair, it is my pleasure to welcome you to ANZSAR2018. The Australian & New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference, now in its fourth year, continues to grow and build on its previous success.

‘Resilience in Search and Rescue’ is the theme of this year’s conference. Resilience is critical for the SAR industry. Individually, it provides the basis for effective support, tools and strategies that assist in maintaining the personal wellbeing and mental health of SAR responders. At the community level, building resilience can better prepare those venturing into remote areas and strengthen relationships with emergency services. Organisationally, it enhances the ability to anticipate, prepare, and adapt to changing environments.

SAR2018 will discuss the evolution and future direction of SAR in our region and explore the new developments in technology that are challenging traditional assumptions of how search and rescue is conducted. It will also highlight case studies and lessons learned focussing on issues faced by SAR personnel, promote the sharing of new ideas and concepts, and review the latest innovations in training methodology.  As we strive for continual improvement this conference will encourage us to share knowledge and develop new ways of thinking.

We have lined up an exciting program of inspiring speakers and captivating presentations. Together with interactive forums, panel discussions, and networking functions it will provide delegates with a significant learning opportunity.

On behalf of the Conference Committee I would like to thank you for attending what promises to be an exceptional event.

Martin Boyle, Conference Chair
Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference


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Now in its 4th year, the 2018 Australian & New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference continues to be a pivotal event for the search and rescue community across all disciplines of air, land and sea. Meet and network with a diverse range of skilled practitioners and volunteers on Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at the Star Gold Coast. This one day event aligns alongside the Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd May, with special discounts offered to those that attend both events. With an emphasis on discussion, debate and ideas exchange, the Program will include presentations from specialist feature speakers and session speakers on a range of topics and issues impacting the sector.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of your attendance at the 2018 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. Identification, intervention and prevention in a whole system approach to reducing the impact of SAR and trauma incidents
  2. Discover emerging satellite products, technologies and what the future holds to ensure appropriate products are selected to improve safety and search management
  3. Changes in demographics, technology, economy, politics, and the environment that affect the SAR sector
  4. Broaden your knowledge on how emergency response agencies control risks through hazard awareness, procedures, PPE and training
  5. Trends and new learnings on a collaborative approach for SAR professional practitioners, volunteers, general aviation aircraft, shipping and the public

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

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

Featured Speakers 2018


  • 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

2018 Sponsors & Exhibitors


Mr Henry van Tuel

Henry is the current Royal New Zealand Coastguard Federation President.  He is also an active Coastguard volunteer with Coastguard Hawke’s Bay where he is a rescue vessel master and Coastguard instructor.  Henry has also been involved in the recent review of the Coastguard Rescue Vessel Crew Training Syllabus.

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Mr Rich Hungerford

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 complete the group registration form.

When does early bird registration close?

Earlybird Registration closes: AEST Monday 9 April 2018. A discount is available for registrations received and paid before AEST Monday 9 April 2018. Registrations not paid by that date will be re-invoiced at the standard rate.

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