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Apr

The 2017 Search and Rescue Conference will be held next month on the 24 May at The Star Hotel Gold Coast, (previously Jupiter’s) Queensland.  The conference again follows the Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference, running consecutively at the same venue.

Mr Jim Whitehead, State Search and Rescue Coordinator and Training Officer with the Qld Police Service joins us next month on the Gold Coast to discuss ‘The behaviour of lost people; how psychology of a person can help or hinder the searcher’.

Mr Jim Whitehead

The theory behind search area determination, search patterns and the physical act of searching has been developed over many decades until it has reached the tried and tested system that it now is, both in Australia and overseas.  But why do some lost people survive significantly past their predicted time frame for survival and others considerably short of it.  Psychology of the lost person is an area that has not been given much consideration. The wise search coordinator will obtain as good a psychological profile of the target person as they would the physical and medical conditions of those they are looking for.  Knowing what a person may or may not do to enhance their chances of survival will give a prudent search coordinator the edge when it comes to planning for a successful outcome.

The theory behind the physical act of searching has been developed over many decades until it has reached the tried and tested system that it now is, both in Australia and overseas.  But why do some lost people survive significantly past their predicted time frame for survival and others considerably short of it.  Psychology of the lost person is an area that has not been given much consideration and a wise search coordinator will obtain as good a psychological profile of the target person as they would the physical and medical conditions of those they are looking for.

For more information on the 2017 Search and Rescue Conference and to secure your spot, visit www.sar.anzdmc.com.au.

 



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