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Bushfires: Response, Relief and Resilience

Discover strategies to prepare for, respond to and recover from wildfire natural disasters with the world's leading minds.

Bushfires: Response, Relief and Resilience
  • Duration3 weeks
  • Weekly study2 hours
  • LearnFree
  • Digital upgradeFree

Why join the course?

The increasing impacts of climate change are exacerbating the risk factors associated with disasters such as bushfires. Individuals and organisations must learn to respond to emergencies, survive and recover from humanitarian crises that are beyond their current expertise.

Challenges and lessons learned from disaster recovery globally suggest that there is a need for individuals and community leaders to understand more about bushfire/wildfire disasters. The causes, mitigation, seeking help and longer term recovery. By the end of this course, you will gain knowledge on bushfire hazards and causes, propensity to spread, mitigation measures and recovery.

This course is significant for individuals and the public interested in gaining knowledge about reducing their vulnerability to bushfires, effective coping strategies in the aftermath of a bushfire event and building resilience in the face of future disasters.

This course is part of our Study with Australia collection, with free upgrades and digital certificates supported by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission until 30 June, 2020. Explore more courses from leading Australian education providers.

What topics will you cover?

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Identify drivers of bushfire risks
  • Assess the various mechanisms through which bushfires attack
  • Explore the impact of bushfires from multiple perspectives
  • Explore essentials for bushfire resilience and benefits of community-led bushfire recovery
  • Identify effective coping strategies for affected individuals and communities in bushfire-prone areas

When would you like to start?

Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts. Find out more

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe the factors that contribute to bushfire risk
  • Understand and apply household bushfire plans
  • Explain and compare relief strategies and different responses to bushfire disasters
  • Describe strategies for individual and community resilience and preparedness

Who is the course for?

Communities across the world are vulnerable to wildfires, this course assists anyone who lives in a rural area at risk of fire, as well as those who work within local and federal governments, health practitioners and other support personnel.

Who developed the course?

The University of Newcastle Australia

The University of Newcastle is a world-class university distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence. Ranked in Australia’s Top 10 universities, and 197th in the world (QS rankings, 2021).

  • Established1965
  • LocationNewcastle, Australia
  • World rankingTop 200Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

CIFAL Newcastle

CIFAL is a United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) affiliated training centre based from 6 universities globally including the University of Newcastle.


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What's included?

The University of Newcastle Australia are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible