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Caroline brings to the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) experience in community and tertiary education. Anthropology links these combined experiences that now inform her expertise in community and disaster resilience. For 10 years, Caroline coordinated the Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative (MUDRI) Forums that highlighted community resilience-building initiatives. The Forums revealed an ‘unaligned force’, comprising predominantly women. This ‘unaligned force’ inspired her to consolidate their efforts in what has become the MUDRI Compendium of Victorian Community-based Resilience Building Case Studies. This Compendium promotes how communities from across the state work to strengthen the resilience of their communities.

Over the years, Caroline has contributed to numerous committees and include

  • Cardinia Shire Relief and Recovery Committee, member from  2019-present
  • Upper Beaconsfield Association, President (2019-present)
  • Upper Beaconsfield Association Community Resilience Committee, Chair from 2018- present
  • WADEM Oceania Chapter Council, member from 0 to present)
  • Monash University Inclusive Practices Workplace Equity Committee, member from 0
  • Community Advisory Committee at Alfred Health, member from 2011-2014
  • The Alfred Health Cultural Diversity Committee, member from 2008 until its demise in 2010.

To support her community work, Caroline completed the Rivers and Ranges Community Leadership program in 2017.

With level two supervision, she also supervises Masters and PhD Research Candidates. To date her five successful completions include two Masters and three PhDs and she continues her role as MUDRI Academic coordinator within MUARC.

Caroline has demonstrated personal resilience in adapting to her career challenges. She began her tertiary career as a mature-age student and her doctoral studies explored how primary school sexuality education could reach culturally diverse communities. Following her doctoral studies, Caroline diversified her experience by researching the way paramedics could address the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse patients. Subsequently, she built on this experience and coordinated a unit in which students undertook community-based projects and had to engage with the complex needs of community-based health issues. During this time, an interest in resilience and disasters grew, and particularly how communities might strengthen their resilience to unexpected events. To support her growing resilience interests, she successfully completed the Graduate Certificate in Emergency Health and Disaster Preparedness and since 2011. Now she appreciates and enjoys her positions at MUARC.


Research area keywords

  • 72 hour self-reliance programs
  • Community-based Resilience
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Culture and society
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • cultural competency
  • paramedic education
  • survey


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