AFAC Group discussion

PhD student Cathy Cao presenting to the AFAC Community Safety Group

Bushfire CRC research is regularly presented for discussion at AFAC Groups as part of an ongoing engagement between researchers and the industry. Recently, this interaction included:

  • Community Safety Group – Damien Killalea, TFS Lead End User, facilitated a workshop with end users to get feedback and input into models of community preparedness being developed by Prof Tim Skinner’s UTAS team. PhD student Cathy Cao (pictured above) conducted an interactive discussion on her research into information processing under stress: community reactions.
  • Community Engagement Sub Group – this included a session on providing feedback on and advising on utilisation of RMIT University’s Community Education Guidelines project lead by Richard Phillips.
  • Rural and Land Management Group – the Group signed-off on the terms of reference for the Fire Weather Technical Group, which includes consideration and coordination of relevant research and training. A workshop was also undertaken considering the implications of the four Bushfire CRC carbon and water projects.
  • Business Management Group – this Group hosted two speakers: La Trobe University’s Rachel Carter on insurance and ANU’s Melinda Mylek from the Economics project – the Group was very interested and requested to stay appraised of project developments.
  • Learning and Development Group – La Trobe University’s Peter Hayes spoke on his pre-formed incident management team PhD research. Peter McHugh (DSE) spoke on the Cobaw staff ride, which was evaluated by the Bushfire CRC. This Group is also considering support for ‘train the trainer’ workshops on Human Factors.


Release date

Thu, 18/04/2013