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The 2018 Australian & New Zealand Search & Rescue Conference on Wednesday 23 May 2018 wrapped up after a full day of presentations, discussion and networking. Feedback from the delegates was excellent with many commenting on the high standard of the speakers, the broad depth of topics, a good balance of theory and practical examples in addition to the opportunity of networking with like-minded cohorts.

The Program Advisory Committee would like to thank our keynote speakers, oral and poster presenters and session chairs for their valuable contribution to the discussion and debate.

Delegates should have received the following:

  • Feedback / evaluation survey
  • Conference Certificate

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Felicity Brownrigg, Squad Treasurer, VRA Hawkesbury


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. This one day event aligns alongside the Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference held on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd May. With an emphasis on discussion, debate and ideas exchange, the Program included 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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