Advanced Disaster Response Course


Advanced Disaster Response Course

Posted by admin in Courses, News 29 Jun 2016

The 2016 ADRC enrollment had finished.

September—December 2016

HKJC Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Building

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Disasters, natural or man-made, foreseen or without warning, with intensive or extensive risks, affect people and result to varying health effects and conse-quences. Survival rates of victims depend on array of factors especially the surge capacity of hospitals and health care facilities to manage the expanded de-mand of mass casualties for services and resources, as they manage the emergen-cy incident. Cognizant of the need of hospitals to be prepared to ensure con-tinuous operations during and even after a disaster strikes, and in times their ser-vices are needed most,

a group of experts in the field of health emergency management globally have been working with the Hong Kong College of Emergen-cy Medicine (HKCEM) to develop and implement Advanced Disaster Response Course (ADRC) in 2016. ADRC is designed to develop the knowledge and skills of administrative and medical personnel to prepare health care facilities to respond effectively, to ensure continuous operations during or even after disasters, and to recover for better from the impacts of disasters.

Survival rates of victims depend on array of factors especially the surge capacity of hospitals and health care facilities to manage the expanded demand of mass casu-alties for services and resources, as they manage the emergency incident.


  • Experienced Clinicians
  • Clinician leaders
  • Public health practitioners
  • Health services administrators
  • Professionals involving in hospital planning, development and construction



Ronak Patel

Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford Medicine

Advisor, World Humanitarian Summit Urban Expert Working Group


Colin Bucks

Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford Medicine

Clinical Director for Disaster Preparedness of Stanford Health Care


Katherine Handerson

Clinical lead, Emergency Department, St. Thomas’s hospital, London Registrar, Royal College of Emergency Medicine, UK

Alistair Humphrey

Medical Officer of Health (Canterbury)

Canterbury District Health Board




Abraham Wai

Specialist in Emergency Medicine

Honorary Clinical Assistant Professor, CUHK


The course is currently offered in English only. Extensive reading and participatory learning methods are used. Participants will receive pre-reading materials before arriving at the course site. Interactive simulation exercises throughout the course give participants opportunities to use the skills and knowledge learned during the course. Participants should be fluent in reading and speaking English.

Class dates

The course spans for 4 full days (ALL Saturdays):

  • 24 September 2016
  • 22 October 2016
  • 12 November 2016
  • 3 December 2016


Participants are assessed through:

(1) A 1-hour written assessment on the subject matters covered in the course; and

(2) Participation in teaching activities

Satisfactory performance in both the attendance and the assessments is required for the completion of this course.


Urban Humanitarian Emergencies

  • Introduction to Urban Humanitarian Emergencies
  • The development/humanitarian nexus and cycle
  • Global Urban Health
  • Hong Kong: A city of risk and promise
  • Coordination and Communication in Crises
  • Biosecurity

Hospital Internal Resilience

  • Incident categorisation
  • Command, Control and Communication for Business Continuity
  • Plan structure for all hazard response
  • Implementing a Business Continuity Management System
  • “Getting the basics right”

Hospital Planning & Response

  • Resilient Hospital Planning & Design
  • Hazard & vulnerability assessment
  • Command & control for clinicians during disasters
  • Hospital mass casualty triage
  • Mass casualty management

Urban Disasters & The World

  • Disasters management in global perspectives
  • The International & Hong Kong Legal Framework for Disaster Responses
  • Multi-lateral Negotiation Skills

Road ahead: Hong Kong’s Pathway to HOSPITALS SAFE from DISASTERS

  • (Participant presentations)



About the Programme

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute (HKJC DPRI) was officially launched on August 20, 2014, in the face of a global upturn in the frequency and severity of disasters, as an operational centre of excellence in disaster preparedness and response in Hong Kong. The establishment of HKJCDPRI was supported by a generous funding from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. HKJC approved a grant of HK$271M over five years for the HKJC DPRI. Housed in and led by the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, HKJCDPRI aims to establish Hong Kong as a regional and international leader in disaster preparedness and response training, and to promote local community resilience.


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