The Torrens Resilience Institute has been established to improve the capacity of organisations and societies to respond to disruptive challenges which have the potential to overwhelm local disaster management capabilities and plans.
We aim to be a national and international centre of excellence through the development of advanced thinking in the concept of resilience. Our mission is to assist the Federal and State Governments, the emergency services, organisations and civil society enhance their leadership and management capabilities, and thus enable them to prepare for, and respond better to, disruptive challenges.
In addition to building national and community resilience within Australia, our work assists the Federal and State Governments achieve their foreign policy and humanitarian objectives by developing resilient national capacities in the countries of South East Asia and the Pacific Rim.
The Torrens Resilience Institute and its World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Mass Gatherings and Global Health Security at Flinders University have recently welcomed Dr Rebecca Hoile who is currently working as an expert consultant for the World Health Organisation (WHO), as part of their World Health Emergency Programme.
The Health Security Interface project will focus of the technical and scientific level responses related to a suspected or known biological incident including those aspects relevant to alleged use investigations. Her role is to bridge the gap between health agencies and law enforcement (and other security agencies) in order to provide a common language approach to a sometime technical topic and assist agencies to consider the impact of 'deliberate' events on the way we do business, including communication pathways, investigative challenges and response plans.
Dr Hoile previously headed the Bioterrorism Prevention program within the Chemical, Biological and Radiological Sub-Directorate which was part of the Counter Terrorism and Vulnerable Targets Directorate at INTERPOL based in Lyon, France.