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University of Newcastle

Bushfires: Response, Relief, and Resilience

University of Newcastle via FutureLearn


Discover the challenges and lessons learned from disaster recovery

The increasing impact of climate change is exacerbating the risk factors of natural disasters such as bushfires/wildfires. Challenges and lessons learned from disaster recovery globally suggest that there is a need for individuals and community leaders to understand more about fire disasters.

This three-week course will provide crucial information to individuals and organisations on how to respond to emergencies. It will help you go beyond your current expertise to speed up recovery from humanitarian crises.

By the end of this course, you’ll have the knowledge of bushfire hazards and causes, propensity to spread, impacts, and what we can do to recover quickly.

Explore the causes of bushfires

To understand how to recover from fire disasters, it’s important to first identify the drivers of bushfire risks.

You’ll delve into the causes of bushfires and the mechanisms of bushfire attacks. With this knowledge, you’ll also be able to explore the impact of bushfires from multiple perspectives.

Learn how to reduce vulnerabilities to bushfires

This course will focus on how individuals and communities can reduce their vulnerability to bushfires.

Armed with this knowledge, you’ll understand how to build resilience in the face of future disasters and the benefits of community-led bushfire recovery.

Discover effective coping strategies from The University of Newcastle

To help those affected by bushfires, you’ll identify coping strategies to ensure people are supported in the aftermath of these disasters.

Learning from the experts at The University of Newcastle, you’ll finish the course with the knowledge and skills to help improve your response, relief, and resilience to bushfires.

This course is designed for individuals and communities looking at gaining an understanding of bushfire risk reduction and resilience.


  • Understanding Bushfire Hazards and Risks
    • Introduction to this course
    • What factors propel bushfire occurrence and risk?
    • What are the impacts of bushfires?
    • Learning from the past, planning for the future
    • End of the week
  • Bushfire Relief and Recovery
    • Disaster Relief
    • Case Study: 2019-2020 Australian Bushfire Season
    • Concluding the week
  • Building Resilience to Bushfire Disasters
    • Introduction to Resilience
    • Management Strategies for Resilience
    • Concluding the course

Taught by

Daniel Hope


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