Emergency management training

The department offers emergency management training in support of the health and human services sector in Victoria.

Register for a training course

View the course outlines below and register your interest. We will let you know the outcome and next steps by email.

Enrolment is at the full discretion of the department, and some courses are infrequent.

For enquires, email Emergency Management Training

Training courses

  • Awareness of children's needs in an emergency

    This course assists local, regional and state governments plan for the needs of children and youth in emergencies. Children are particularly vulnerable in comparison to the adult population when emergencies and disasters affect communities. Children need to be considered as a distinct group within the population as they have specific physiological, psychological and developmental needs. This course implements the planning guide and targets local government plans for children and youth at regional and state levels.

    This course is conducted by consultant psychologists specialising in disasters. The format involves a mixture of lectures, small group work and exercises.

    We encourage staff from our partner agencies who are involved in emergency management to attend.

    Who should attend:

    • First responders during emergencies
    • Mental health workers
    • Relief centre staff
    • Personal support staff and other relevant practitioners.

    Delivery mode: Classroom (non-accredited).

    Duration: 1 day

    This course is organised by department divisions, and subject to operational requirements within each department region. Once you have registered, a local coordinator can make contact with you when a course is next planned for your region.

  • Emergency Management Information Technology Solution (EMITS)

    The EMITS online course provides an introduction to the EMITS system and the role it plays in coordinating the department's emergency management.

    Who should attend: Department employees who work in an incident management team

    Delivery mode: Online (non-accredited)

    Duration: 2 hours

  • Foundations in Emergency Management

    The Foundations in Emergency Management course addresses the Emergency Management Act (2013) and the department's responsibilities.

    Who should attend:

    • Department staff new to emergency management
    • Staff with a dedicated emergency management role within the department
    • Victorian health and human services sector employees or volunteers with an emergency management role or responsibilities.

    Delivery mode: Online (non-accredited)

    Duration: 2 hours

  • Major Incident Medical Management and Support (MIMMS)

    This MIMMS course is the annual refresher for MIMMS accreditation. The online course includes knowledge refreshment and assessment quizzes about the MIMMS course content. It is also prerequisite familiarisation for identified Australian Medical Assistance Team (AusMAT) candidates.

    Who should attend: Existing Victorian Medical Assistance Team (VMAT) candidates (nurses and physicians) who have completed the face-to-face MIMMS advanced course within the previous 4-year cycle.

    Delivery mode: Online (non-accredited)

    Duration: 2 hours

  • Skills Clinic: Facilitating and contributing to debriefs

    Debriefing offers a valuable opportunity to review activities undertaken. We can all improve our debriefing skills. This skills clinic will give participants resources to develop their capability for effective debriefing. It covers:

    • The steps to effectively participate in, and prepare, build, and conduct a debrief
    • Strategies to ensure a debrief actively engages participants
    • How to make debriefs challenging and safe learning environments
    • Using effective techniques (and avoiding some common, ineffective ones)
    • Acquiring skills to overcome potential barriers that inhibit learning
    • Strategies to facilitate discussions of different perspectives to support lessons management characterised by mutual understanding
    • Linking debriefs to organisational learning.

    Who should attend:

    • People with responsibility for facilitating and conducting operational debriefs
    • Staff looking to improve their personal skills in contributing to the department's operational debriefs.

    Delivery mode: Classroom (non-accredited, non-assessed), spots limited to 30 each session.

  • Skills Clinic: Decision making under pressure

    Decision making can be particularly challenging for emergency management teams.

    Not only does the nature of an incident influence decision making – several human factors contribute to the effectiveness of operating procedures. Agency and team norms, interpersonal relationships, levels of expertise, biases, stress, fatigue and situational awareness all affect the quality and timeliness of decision making. Drawing on a range of Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre and emergency sector research, this skills clinic examines the decision-making process relevant to emergency management, including:

    • The decision-making challenges for emergency management personnel
    • The various decision-making models used in emergency/incident management
    • The prerequisites for sound decision making in a team and factors that can undermine decision making
    • Techniques that can assist decision making.

    You will develop your understanding of the dynamics of team decision making and gain insight into to the way they think and the biases at play in your own decision making. Participants will also identify how team dynamics and factors of organisational culture influence decision making.

    Who should attend: People involved in decision making in an emergency or similar context, especially anyone who needs to respond to pressure or is responsible for high-consequence decisions.

    Delivery mode: Classroom (non-accredited, non-assessed), spots limited to 30 each session.

  • Strengthening Resilience

    This course investigates resilience from several perspectives relevant to the emergency management sector. We introduce a three part model with the main aim of identifying a range of practical techniques. It is well documented that those working in emergency services are at increased risk of direct and indirect traumatisation as well as other mental health challenges, and strengthening resilience can assist in improving health and wellbeing. You will also access a range of resources to help incorporate resilience strengthening into life.

    Who should attend:

    • First responders during emergencies
    • Mental health workers
    • Relief centre staff
    • Personal support staff and other relevant practitioners.

    Delivery mode: Classroom (non-accredited)

    Duration: 1 day

    This course is organised by department divisions, and subject to operational requirements within each department region. Once you have registered, a local coordinator may make contact with you when a course is next planned for your region.

  • Understanding the Recovery Cycle - Psychological First Aid

    This course focuses on psychological first aid and early intervention. It is designed to build on the existing professional training and skills of practitioners who assist individuals and families in an emergency. This course includes content on self-care, supporting staff, resilience and growth. Topics covered include:

    • The importance of early intervention
    • Understanding the emergency affected individual
    • Practical tools for providing personal support
    • Supporting staff
    • Handling difficult contacts
    • Looking after yourself.

    This course is conducted by consultant psychologists. They are specialists in disaster management. The course involves a mixture of lectures, small group work and exercises. We encourage staff from our partner agencies who are involved in emergency management to attend this training.

    Who should attend:

    • First responders during emergencies
    • Mental health workers
    • Relief centre staff
    • Personal support staff and other relevant practitioners.

    Delivery mode: Classroom (non-accredited)

    Duration: 1 day

    This course is organised by department divisions, and subject to operational requirements within each department region. Once you have registered, a local coordinator can make contact with you when a course is next planned for your region.

  • Virtual Paramedic Online Simulation

    The Virtual Paramedic Online Simulation was developed by Ambulance Victoria and the simulation forms part of the training program for medical, nursing and paramedic staff who may be activated as part of Victoria’s major incident health and medical response.

    Who should attend:

    Medical, nursing and paramedic staff who are members of a Victorian Medical Assistance Team (VMAT), and are approved from their affiliated hospital VMAT coordinator.

    Delivery mode: Online only

    Duration: 2 hours