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23 Aug 21

2021 Glenda Powell Travelling Fellow - Virtual Event - AAG NSW Division

The road to resilience

Life lessons in disaster recovery for older Australians

“It’s time to think about what it takes to strengthen our communities
and organisations so that the next hit - whatever that might be -
causes less damage and recovery takes less time.
That’s the real challenge.”

Professor Paul Arbon, Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor,
Director of the Torrens Resilience Institute and the WHO Collaborating
Centre for Mass Gatherings and Global Health Security at Flinders University.

Between devastating bushfires, flooding and the COVID-19 pandemic, we keep getting hit by more than our fair share of disasters and emergency events; and older people have been frequently in the spotlight.

The impacts have been profound and recovery takes a long time - even to get back to some version of normal, pre-event status. In reflecting upon these events, their impacts and our actions, we need to do more than just learn how to respond and recover. The real wins come from being stronger - more resilient - before the next impact occurs. As individuals, organisations and communities, we can all play a role.

International expert on disaster, recovery and resilience, Professor Paul Arbon, will provide powerful insights into the nature of ‘black swan’ events – those almost unimaginable catastrophic events with unpredictable and cascading consequences – and the critical role of resilience in facing the future.

Professor Arbon will also be joined in a panel discussion with Aged and Community Services Australia, CEO, Pat Sparrow and Chair of Older Women’s Network NSW, Beverley Baker, to consider learnings for older people and the aged care system.

Key Reasons to attend:

  • Better understand the nature of disasters
  • How can we prepare and ‘be prepared’?
  • Learn to recognise the signs and know when to act
  • Hear lessons from the aged care sector
  • What is the key to building resilience?


Interact with our presenters:

Professor Paul Arbon is the Director of the Torrens Resilience Institute* and Professor of Nursing (Population Health) at Flinders University. He is Past President of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine; former Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Flinders University; a member the International Health Regulations Roster of Experts; Member of the World Health Organisation, Health Security Interface, Technical Advisory Group; and Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing and the American Academy of Nursing. Prof Arbon is also an Editorial Board Member of the disaster health journal, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine.


Paul’s current research includes disaster resilience through community and organisational capacity building.

* The Torrens Resilience Institute was established in 2009 to improve the capacity of organisations and societies to respond to disruptive challenges that have the potential to overwhelm local disaster and crisis management capabilities and plans.



Patricia Sparrow is CEO of Aged and Community Australia. She is a social policy leader and innovator with expertise in stakeholder engagement and management. She has specific and detailed expertise in ageing policy and aged care, having worked as, and with, a diverse range of stakeholders including consumers, service providers, workforce, health professionals, corporate organisations and Government.

Beverly Baker is the Chair of Older Women’s Network NSW and CEO of the Aboriginal Education Council. A committed feminist and advocate, she is a past President of the Federation of Parents and Citizens Associations (NSW) and has been instrumental in the establishment and running of a number of charities, notably the FSHD Global Research Foundation.


As there will be limited capacity to take questions during the
event via the live Q&A feature, we welcome your input in advance



Please follow this link if you have questions for our panel,
would like to make any comments or to share with us what
you hope to gain from attending this session



Please note that this event is free and is open
to AAG members and non-members alike

This event will be delivered via Zoom

Please note that the above link should take you straight to Zoom so that you
can register.

Since opening the registration for this event it has come to our attention that
some Government and private institution system administrators have made a
decision not to support the Zoom platform. If you are unable to follow the link
to register then your employer has that restriction in place. To register and
attend, you will need to use a personal device which is not subject to those
restrictions. You may also have to use an alternative WiFi network if your
employer has placed restrictions on theirs as well.

Once you have registered successfully you will receive an email from Zoom with a link.

We recommend you test your connectivity before the day of the event by following that
link to check that you have permission to connect.

We apologise for this inconvenience.

Event Date & Time: Monday 23rd August 3.30 - 4.30pm AEST

Event Location: Online, NSW

Registrations Open: 8th Aug 21 12:00 AM

Registrations Close: 23rd Aug 21 3:00 PM

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