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Chart a course: Power to the people

By Sue White

Course: Essentials of humanitarian practice.

When lives are shattered by natural disasters or man-made emergencies, others must stand ready to respond.This six-day interactive course is important foundation training for people working in or considering entering the humanitarian sector. It prepares relief workers for the realities of life on assignment so they can contribute effectively.

"Our training enables aid workers to be competent in the emergency setting. We provide the knowledge and skills to assess a humanitarian situation and apply practical solutions," the training manager at RedR Australia, Drasko Kraguljac, says.

Delivered by trainers who have worked for United Nations agencies and non-government organisations, the course is supported by AusAID, which regularly sends staff to the training. Entry is open to personnel from humanitarian-aid organisations and government departments, as well as individuals interested in a career in the humanitarian field.

Duration: Six-day residential.

Time: Noon on day one until noon on day six (hours can vary).

Where: University of Melbourne's Dookie campus, northern Victoria.

When: Six times a year. Next dates are February 11-16, 2013.

Published: 17 November 2012

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