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The Australian & New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference (SAR) is a one-day event held on the 6th May 2015 at Jupiters Gold Coast. The Conference will feature a Panel Discussion entitled Future Trends in the Search and Rescue Industry, featuring leading industry professionals from well-respected SAR organisations across Australia and New Zealand.

Moderator of the Panel:

Steve Glassey, Director of Public Safety Studies & UCR3 Associate Director, University of Canterbury
Steve GlassySteve’s 15 years of commitment to the industry have seen him rise to positions such as: General Manager (Emergency Management & Business Continuity) at New Zealand’s largest government department – the Ministry of Social Development; Disaster Management Officer with the United Nations; and Chief Executive of the Emergency Management Academy of New Zealand. In 2008 Steve was awarded the prestigious Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®) credential, by the International Association of Emergency Managers.
Steve has responded to events such as the Samoan Tsunami (2009), H1N1 Lao PDR (2009), Typhoon Katsana in South East Asia (2009), Christchurch Earthquake (2011) and Super Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines (2013).  His standing internationally for technical rescue, led to him being appointed Associate Lecturer in Technical Rescue for the University of Central Lancashire (UK) in 2013. In 2014, he along with Constable Geoff Bray became the first New Zealander’s to be awarded the prestigous international Higgins & Langley medal for the development of the Swiftwater Recovery Specialist training programme.
He also led the development of a new series and teaching of postgraduate qualifications in emergency management at Massey University, in his former role as Assistant Director (Teaching) at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research.  He is the former Chair of the CEM Commissioner for the International Association of Emergency Managers (Oceania-Asia CEM Commission), founding and current Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Search and Rescue and is also the Honorary Ambassador to New Zealand for Rescue 3 International. He is New Zealand’s first Fellow of the Emergency Planning Society and Alumni of the Asia Pacific Programme for Senior National Security Officers (APPSNO). He is also a member of the National Search & Rescue Association (USA) and Australian Institute of Emergency Services.
Steve is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Canterbury researching the impact of the Canterbury 2010-2011 earthquake series on animal welfare.


John Young, General Manager, Australian Maritime Safety Authority
John YoungJohn was appointed as the General Manager of the Emergency Response Division at AMSA in September 2008. In that role he is responsible for provision of a national aviation and maritime search and rescue service in consultation with the state Police services and the Australian Defence Force. He chairs the National Search and Rescue Council under a national inter-governmental arrangement signed by Ministers in 2012.
Additionally the Division assists with coordination of AMSA’s emergency responses for maritime casualties and counter-pollution operations. AMSA is part of a global network of rescue facilities providing maritime and aviation search and rescue services. Key elements include operation of the Joint Australian Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC Australia), maintenance of search and rescue service contracts for distress and safety communications, aircraft, helicopters and equipment, and related policy, training and management services.
John was the Manager Search and Rescue Operations at AMSA from 1999 to 2008. Before that he enjoyed a career in the Royal Australian Navy, serving in Australian and foreign waters.
Martin Boyle, Field Support & Emergency Management Coordinator, Australian Government Antarctica Program
Martin BoyleMartin Boyle coordinates field support and emergency management across the Australian Antarctic Territory and sub-Antarctic islands. He has been south on many occasions in various leadership and management positions and been involved in a range of challenging search and rescue operations.
Martin has twenty years of experience across the emergency management industry in both private and public sector as a consultant, emergency services manager, operations coordinator, and international delegate. He has also previously worked for the Tasmania State Emergency Service, and Australian Customs and Border Protection.
He was awarded a Certificate of High Commendation for Search & Rescue operations in 2002 from the Commissioner of Tasmania Police. Martin is an internationally recognised Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) ®, Certified Practicing Project Manager (CPPM) and holds a Masters in Emergency Management.
He is the Chair of the International Association of Emergency Managers, Oceania Asia CEM Application Review Commission and a member of the Global CEM Executive Board.
Julie Cowan, Founder/Secretary/Trainer, Search & Rescue Dogs Australia (SARDA)
Julie Cowan and RiverJulie Cowan founded Search and Rescue Dogs Australia Inc. (SARDA) in 1994 as trainer and training coordinator. SARDA Victoria currently has five operational USAR Dog Search teams capable of deploying nationally and internationally.
Julie and her Search Dog River were the first Australian Search Dog Team to be awarded the National Emergency Medal for their contribution following the Black Saturday bush fires. She has current international Disaster Search Dog specialist qualifications, including FEMA CSS (USA Federal Emergency Management Agency Canine Search Specialist) and the Instructor’s Certificate from National Search and Rescue Dogs Association in the UK – NSARDAUK.
Julie was a member of the consultative committees which assisted with the development of the Australian Urban Search & Rescue Canine Capability Best Practice Guideline Version 1.1 (November 2009) and A Strategic Framework for Volunteer Search Dogs in Australia: a guide for future action (2014). Julie also initiated and managed the delivery of Australia’s first FEMA Canine Search Specialist Course in 2014.
Brian Guthrie, C3 Operations Manager, CareFlight
Brian GuthrieBrian ‘Gus’ Guthrie has been operating in the aviation industry for the last 20 years, both in a military and civilian capacity. In June this year, Brian was appointed Operations Manager for the CareFlight Coordination Centre (C3) based on the Gold Coast. He is responsible for the coordination, deployment and fleet management of all search, rescue and retrieval assets for CareFlight’s rotary and fixed wing divisions.
CareFlight is one of Australia’s largest aero-medical not-for-profit organisations providing rapid response medical care to thousands of people each year, both domestically and internationally. C3 also provides Telephone Medical Advice Services (TMAS) on behalf of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and is the point of contact for all Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) class ships and any vessel within the Australian Search and Rescue Region which requires medical advice.
Brian started at CareFlight in 2009 as a flight and HUET instructor. He was promoted to Chief Aircrewman in February 2011, before moving into his current role in C3. During his time on the frontline as an Aircrewman, Brian was heavily involved in aero-medical evacuations, and search and rescue operations throughout Australia. In January 2013, Brian was pivotal in CareFlight’s fleet response to the Bundaberg flood crisis, winching five people to safety from rooftops and front steps. Prior to working with CareFlight he was a member of the Australian Army for 13 years, operating in and out of Australia with various aviation squadrons, including overseas peacekeeping missions.
George Hill, Chief Operating Officer, Surf Life Saving Queensland
George HillGeorge officially joined Surf Life Saving Queensland in a professional capacity in January 1999 following more than 24 years of involvement with the movement as a nipper and volunteer patrolling member.
In his current role as Chief Operating Officer, George is primarily responsible for the management and delivery of integrated and innovative lifesaving services in the pursuit of SLSQ’s vision of ‘zero preventable deaths in Queensland waters’.
Across the past 16 years George has been at the forefront of SLSQ’s disaster management and response strategies, and works closely with Emergency Management Queensland across a range of areas. He currently sits on the Queensland Governments State Disaster Coordination Group on behalf of SLSQ.
He played a key role coordinating SLSQ’s ‘on-the-ground’ operations during the 2011 Brisbane floods and severe flooding across Roma, Charleville, Mitchell and St George in 2013.
George is directly responsible for managing SLSQ’s volunteer lifesaving members, its operations support, the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service, and state-wide communications.
Outside of his professional role, George has been a volunteer lifesaver since 1975. He is a Life Member of Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club and the Surf Life Saving South Coast Branch. In 1991 he was named Queensland and Australia’s Surf Lifesaver of the Year and in 1999, was recognised with an International Life Saving Federation Citation of Merit.
Senior Sergeant Jim Whitehead, Senior State Search and Rescue Coordinator & Training Officer, Queensland Police Service
Jim Whitehead Senior Sergeant Jim Whitehead has been the Queensland State Search and Rescue Coordinator & Training Officer (SSARCTO) since 2007. His dual responsibilities are to ensure that Queensland has a competent and robust SAR capability and to ensure that SAR training is maintained to a ‘World best practice’ level.
He has several Diploma and Advanced Diplomas of SAR Coordination and Management, a Bachelor of Social Science (Emergency Management), a Master of Emergency management and is studying for a Doctorate in Search and Rescue.
He is the primary SAR instructor for the QPS, an instructor on the National Police SAR Manager’s Course and was Director of same several years. He has also provided SAR instruction to the Royal Solomon Island Police, The Solomon Island Marine Rescue Coordination Centre, and the Australian Federal Police in Canberra, Christmas Island, Cocos Island and Norfolk Island.
Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference Overview
The Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference is hosted in-conjunction with the Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference at the Gold Coast. The two important events are delighted to come together to give the industry the most significant event on the 2015 calendar. The collaboration brings together National, State and Regional delegates to explore, exchange ideas and network.
The joint conferences will offer delegates an extensive range of topics with over 100 presentations across three days including Keynotes, Concurrent Sessions, Case Studies and Posters. Special discounted rates are being offered to those who attend both conferences. For more details on the Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference please visit http://anzdmc.com.au/.

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