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The 4th annual Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference will be held next week on Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at The Star Gold Coast. 

Senior Sergeant Jim Whitehead, Qld State Search And Rescue Coordinator & Training Officer with the Qld Police Service joins us at the Conference to present ‘SAR and the Coronial System’.

Senior Sergeant Jim Whitehead


A small number of SAR incidents result in either a deceased person being located or the missing person/s not being located at all. In both instances it is a necessity for these incidents to be formally reviewed within the framework of the Coronial a System. While each State and Territory of Australia has a Coroners Act with slightly differing procedural aspects the overall review process is very similar throughout the nation.

An SAR Inquest is designed to look at the facts surrounding an incident, the causes, the SAR response including Probability of Detection, the survivability of the incident and adherence to established procedures. The end result maybe a recommendation to modify procedures, review the contents of the National SAR Manual, or as in most cases, nothing SAR related due to the robustness and effectiveness of the current model.


KEYNOTE SPEAKER 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.

For information on the upcoming 2018 Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference please visit the conference website.



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