Diversity in Disaster

The Diversity in Disaster conference will be held on April 17-18, 2018 at the MCG in Melbourne! The conference was launched on the International Day of Disaster Reduction.

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Every year people and communities across Australia experience emergencies and natural disasters, but not all members of communities are equally affected.

Many people from diverse, marginalised or underrepresented communities experience disasters differently, facing unique challenges that influence their ability to respond and recover.

How do we empower communities of all backgrounds to be more resilient to an emergency or natural disaster? How can we support them to bounce back and thrive?

Designed to enhance resilience and raise awareness of the needs and strengths of all in the community, the  Diversity in Disaster conference will engage emergency management practitioners, policy-makers and community services leaders with the latest research on disaster resilience.

This unique National Conference is consistent with the Sendai Framework and supports the Focus of the 2017 UNISDR International Day of Disaster Reduction: “Reducing the number of people affected by disasters”.

This conference is an initiative of the Gender and Disaster Pod (Women’s Health Goulburn North East, Women’s Health In the North and Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative), Victorian Council of Social Services and Resilient Melbourne. It is funded by the Australian Government in partnership with the Victorian Government under the National Partnership Agreement for National Disaster Resilience.

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