Charles Sturt University’s Doctor of Public Safety

Charles Sturt University’s Doctor of Public Safety equips graduates with a unique competitive advantage and is the first degree of its kind in Australasia. Graduates will have a critical understanding of a substantial and complex body of knowledge at the frontier of their discipline or area of professional practice.

Why study this course?

CSU’s Doctor of Public Safety meets the increasing demand of professionals in Public Safety who are looking for a Doctoral degree that enables a significant and original contribution to knowledge in the context of professional practice. Students gain substantial knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to their professional field of Public Safety, equipping them with the ongoing capacity to generate new knowledge in their professional practice.

As a professional doctorate, the Doctor of Public Safety comprises 30% coursework and 70% research. During the coursework phase students are assigned supervisors and develop solid research methodology and literature review chapters, preparing them to enter the research and dissertation phase with confidence.

Research areas

Public safety embraces a broad range of professions and activities including emergency and disaster management, public health, humanitarian relief, crisis communication, fire investigation, policing, security, border management, local government, water, electricity, NGO’s and social services.

Examples of possible research areas include various aspects of:

  • public health
  • emergency & disaster management
  • evacuation and recovery centres
  • disaster economics
  • crisis communications
  • early warning systems
  • structural and wildfire investigation
  • volunteering
  • search and rescue
  • biosecurity and pandemic response
  • leadership, management & decision making
  • aviation security
  • humanitarian relief
  • water and electricity services
  • psychosocial aspects of recovery
  • border security and management
  • community preparation and recovery

Academic expectations

There are no on-campus requirements, however there will be opportunities to attend workshops in person or online, and you will be expected to present your proposal to Faculty and peers. Overseas students will need to access via Skype or similar for this event.

Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

The Doctor of Public Safety may be studied full or part time. For a full listing of course information, expectations and contact procedures, click here.

Applications for the Doctor of Public Safety may be submitted at any time. You may wish to contact the Course Coordinator, Assoc Prof Hank Prunckun to discuss the application process.

About the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Established in 1993, the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS) is globally recognised as a leading provider of postgraduate research and education for professionals in law enforcement, counterterrorism, and security and emergency management studies.

Our students learn to meet the complex challenges faced by professionals in a fast changing world and develop the creative intellectual capacity and skills that are sought to fill senior positions in policing, compliance, security, emergency management and fire investigation agencies.

We recognise that busy professionals require access to high quality courses that are intellectually rigorous and challenging, but that fit with career and lifestyle commitments. Our courses are designed to provide this intellectual rigour and online learning offers the flexibility to study when it suits you.

Here are a number of other CSU courses which may interest you. As with the Doctor of Public Safety, all study is completed by distance and most courses have mid-year and summer session intakes.

Master of Emergency Management

Emergency management has become recognised as a distinct field of study that is required for progression to senior and executive levels of management in statutory emergency services, community and health services, and local government. Students undertake a study of recent advances influencing emergency and risk management through the conduct of a research project which includes a comprehensive literature search and analysis.

Graduates are encouraged to apply for entry into the Doctor of Public Safety.

For a full listing of course information, expectations and contact procedures, click here.
Bachelor of Emergency Management

The Bachelor of Emergency Management is designed to respond to all sectors of industry, commerce and government that have an interest in asset management and asset protection, through furthering educational opportunities for those working in the disciplinary field of risk management.

For a full listing of course information, expectations and contact procedures, click here.


Bachelor of Public Safety and Security

New to CSU, this course looks to further the education of practitioners already working in the field.

For a full listing of course information, expectations and contact procedures, click here.

Application details to commence a Master or Bachelor course are located here. Apply today.

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Drones Delivering Emergency Blood Could Save Lives

A northern beaches doctor who delivers critical care to patients in remote areas of the state says drones transporting blood could save lives.

Dr Brian Burns, 43, will make the case at an international conference in Germany.

He will be the first speaker at the Social Media and Critical Care (SMACC) conference in Berlin­. drones

The Royal North Shore Hospital emergency department doctor said he had watched in frustration at the time it could take to get blood to trauma victims in more remote parts of NSW.

As a regular on board the NSW Ambulance and Toll Rescue Helicopter, delivering critical care and retrieval for patients across the state, Dr Burns has seen many horrific scenes.

He said drones could be a vital tool in emergency blood delivery.

“I’ve done jobs as far away as west of Bourke … the challenge of this country is that not everyone lives near a trauma hospital and we need to harness technology to give everyone the best chance of survival, regardless of where they live,” he said.

“Getting blood products to a scene quickly can be the difference between life and death. Blood products are an emergency lifeline.

“If any country is going to be innovative in this area, it’ll be Australia because of the distances involved. Challenges foster innovation.”

Under Dr Burns’ vision­, drones bearing lifesaving blood could be dispatched from the nearest big hospital, ensuring supplies arrive at the scene at the same time or before doctors and paramedics arrive in a helicopter.

This article was originally published by the Daily Telegraph.

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Disaster Scenarios Guidance

It may sound ridiculous, but what if there was an earthquake in the centre of Albany?

Or a cruise ship struck a reef off Middleton Beach and left an oil slick streaming into Princess Royal Harbour?

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These are just some of the hazard scenarios that feature in a recent risk assessment report conducted by the Great Southern District Emergency Management Committee.

The 68-page document covers six scenarios, created following a series of workshops with experts in the region, which pose a variety of risks, some classed as catastrophic, to Great Southern residents.

The aim of the report was to provide guidance for future resource distribution relating to emergency situations.

The earthquake scenario, developed by Geoscience Australia, postulates a 5.7 magnitude earthquake in the heart of Albany causing severe damage throughout the region.

“Older buildings do not withstand the earthquake and a number of fatalities occur,” the report states.

“Albany hospital, airport and port silo structures are damaged.

“Asbestos-lined water pipes are impacted along with the York Street pump station.”

Given a one per cent chance of occurrence, the marine transport emergency service is another frightening prospect.

A cruise ship with 4800 people aboard strikes reef a few kilometres off shore.

“The harbour master has ordered the ship to be abandoned and most passengers and crew have disembarked the vessel,” the report states.

This article was originally published by The West Australian.

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Butter and Toothpaste No Help for Burns

An estimated one million Australians believe applying butter, moisturising cream or toothpaste was appropriate treatment for a burn, new research has revealed.

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Two in three Australians mistakenly believed minor burns were best treated by home remedies, research commissioned by Mundicare has shown, while half of Australians believed applying ice or an ice pack to a burn would help.

“The latest research shows a gap in our awareness of how to correctly treat a minor burn,” Pharmacy Guild of Australia president George Tambassis said.

“This National Burns Awareness Month we would encourage all Australians to take a few minutes to understand how best to treat a minor burn so as to not accidentally make it worse, and if unsure to seek advice from their local pharmacist.”

While an estimated 88 per cent of Australians understood it was important to treat a burn immediately, only 10 per cent knew the correct treatment for a burn.

But with 88 per cent of minor burns occurring in the home, knowing the correct treatment was important.

Julian Burton OAM, founder of the Julian Burton Burns Trust, said there were many misconceptions.

“Many people don’t realise that home remedies such as putting butter or ice directly on the burn can actually make the injury considerably worse,” he said.

“The correct first aid treatment for minor burns or scalds is pretty simple: you need to remove, cool, then cover.

This article was originally published by the Daily Liberal.

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In the Future Your Ambulance Could Be Driverless

The revolution in driverless vehicles will make many jobs obsolete. In the US alone, it is estimated that driverless vehicles will wipe out 4.1m jobs. Truck drivers, delivery drivers, taxi drivers and Uber drivers will be out of work, and sooner than you might think. But automation can be a force for good, doing jobs more cheaply, safely and efficiently. In fact, there’s one service that’s crying out for more automation: the ambulance service.

Demand for ambulance services is growing rapidly in developed countries due to a combination of a growing and ageing population, an increase of chronic diseases, and a scarcity of primary care clinics and providers. This leaves the emergency services overburdened, with a dismal outlook for the future.

With driverless vehicles already on the road, some governments are looking into the possibility of driverless ambulances. Driverless ambulances and other technology could take some of the strain off the emergency services, freeing paramedics to deal with high-risk patients where each minute waiting for treatment significantly reduces a patient’s chance of surviving. This would include cardiac arrest patients, where brain damage typically starts within four to six minutes.

Initially, health services could introduce a fleet of driverless ambulances alongside their current manned models to deal with low-risk patients – essentially starting out as “medical taxis”. Low-risk patients would be picked up by a driverless ambulance and transported to the nearest hospital or clinic for treatment. With the introduction of these ambulances, the need for paramedics to respond to every call – regardless of severity – would be greatly reduced.

However, not everyone is in favour of automated ambulances.

This article was originally published by The Conversation.

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Keep Looking When Cooking Campaign in Bid to Prevent Deadly House Fires

Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is urging people to take extra precautions in the kitchen to protect themselves from deadly house fires, which have already claimed five lives this year.

FRNSW Community Safety and Research Chief Superintendent Jeremy Fewtrell said kitchen fires accounted for 45 per cent of all residential fires and 34 per cent of injuries in NSW.stove top safety to prevent house fires
“Flames or heat sources being left unattended are the most common cause contributing to kitchen fires,” he said.

“Because of these telling statistics, we have launched this Keep Looking When Cooking campaign to remind people that they must never leave cooking unattended in the kitchen.”

Superintendent Fewtrell said each year, FRNSW firefighters respond to an average of 3,865 house fires.

“On average, about 21 people die in house fires annually and some 500 people are injured,” he said.

“Sadly, already five people have died in 2017 as a result of accidental fires in their homes in NSW.

“It takes just minutes for a household fire to spread but just seconds to avoid these incidents.

“To avoid kitchen fire catastrophes, we urge people to “keep looking when cooking”. It’s a simple way to avoid losing your home or even worse, your loved ones or your own life.”

To help share this important message, FRNSW will be distributing mini-mags through local community hubs. The mini-mags feature five recipes from FRNSW firefighters, spanning multiple cuisines. Additionally, the public are encouraged to share their own recipes on social media, using the hashtag #KeepLookingWhenCooking – FRNSW will be sharing some of the best through their own channels.

This article was originally published by Fire and Rescue NSW.

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