The GAD Pod and VCOSS will host a conference on resilience in marginalised communities in April, 2018. Keep an eye on our conference page for updates!
Previous conferences and events
Read about our previous conferences, and access conference papers, videos and other below. Visit our page on the Annual Claire Zara Memorial Oration as well.
Natural Hazards Workshop 2017
The Mary Fran Myers international award was presented to Debra Parkinson on behalf of a broad gender and disaster collaboration – the researchers (Deb and the late Claire Zara), the Gender and Disaster Pod (Susie Reid, WHGNE; Helen Riseborough, WHIN; and Emeritus Professor Frank Archer, MUDRI), Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) and Dept. of Health and Human Services, the GAD Taskforce and the community. Presented by Dr Maureen Fordham, Professor of Gender and Disaster Resilience, University College of London, on July 11, 2017, the presentation was in the opening session of the 42nd Natural Hazards Workshop in Broomfield Colorado.
Part of the award was a trip to Broomfield, Colorado to attend attended the three-day Natural Hazards Workshop, and a visit to areas in Colorado recently affected by both wildfire and flood. Debra presented as part of a panel celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Gender and Disaster Network. Read more here.
The Victorian Annual Emergency Management Conference on ‘LGBTI inclusive practice’ panel with Alyssa Duncan at the Pullman Hotel, Melbourne on 12 July 2017.
The GAD Pod had two presentations at the AFAC16 Conference in Brisbane on 31stAugust and 1st of September. More than 2,300 people attended this national conference. The AFAC website has a wealth of resources as each of the conference papers is available for free download.
Deb Parkinson presented on ‘Improved disaster resilience through addressing increased violence against women after disaster to around 100 people. There was a high level of engagement during, with many questions and conversations after the presentation. Read the presentation here.
Interest was piqued further afield with an article in Business Insider.
Sharon MacDonnell (DELWP) and Deb (GAD Pod) presented the research on ‘Barriers to women in fire and emergency roles’ to approximately 140 people at AFAC, and another 40 at the Women and Firefighting Conference. You can read the conference papers here.
Abstracts accepted at NEEDS Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark:
Oral presentation on: ‘Gendered research leads to Gender and Disaster Taskforce in Victoria, Australia’ Poster presentation on ‘Increased Violence Against Women after Disaster in Australia’.
7-9 December 2015
The Annual Claire Zara Memorial Oration is on gender and disaster in the Annual Emergency Management Conference. In 2015, the previous Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Liz Broderick, Sir Angus Houston and Dominic Lane delivered a plenary session to 500 delegates. Thanks to the MFB and conference organisers for their continuing supporting for this Oration.
The 14th Annual Emergency Management Conference: New Realities Melbourne, 2 July 2014
‘Just Ask’: Experiences of men after disaster Melbourne, 26 November 2013
GAD Pod partners have presented papers at numerous conferences and events since the release of the research findings. The full list is below.
‘LGBTI inclusive practice’ panel with Alyssa Duncan at the Victorian Annual Emergency Management Conference, Pullman Hotel, Melbourne.
42nd Natural Hazards Workshop presentation by Dr Deb Parkinson, 11 July, Broomfield Colorado.
Health Leaders Roundtable Discussion, Old Parliament House, Canberra towards a National Strategy on Climate Change, Health and Wellbeing for Australia: Discussion Paper.
‘Improved disaster resilience through addressing increased violence against women after disaster’ presentation by D. Parkinson at the AFAC National Conference, Brisbane.
‘Addressing the barriers to women in fire and emergency leadership’ presentation by S. MacDonnell (DELWP) and D. Parkinson at the Women in Firefighting (WAFA) Conference, Brisbane.
‘National GEM Guidelines’ presentation by D. Parkinson at Emergency Management Conference, Pullman Hotel, Melbourne.
‘National GEM Guidelines’ presentation by D. Parkinson and J. Jeffrey at MUDRI Forum: Progressing Community-based Resilience, Monash University.
Women and Climate Change’ presentation by D. Parkinson at On Topic, Deakin University (Burwood campus).
Women in fire and emergency leadership roles: How can we improve the gender balance? Presentation by Alyssa Duncan and Sharon MacDonnell to the first MUDRI Forum for 2016, Disaster Resilience Initiatives: State, National and International.
Oral presentation on: ‘Gendered research leads to Gender and Disaster Taskforce in Victoria, Australia’ by D. Parkinson to the First Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Poster presentation on ‘Increased Violence Against Women after Disaster in Australia’.
The Disaster Agender: An exploration of women’s vulnerability and resilience during natural disaster. Invited as panel presenter by the Global Women’s Project at Trades Hall, Melbourne.
‘Living LGBTI and Disaster’ training facilitated by Jan Earthstar and Liam Leonard as part of NDRGS Lessons in Disaster. Delivered to 22 participants (capacity) drawn from EM middle management and local government at the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre, Craigieburn.
‘Gender Equity and Disaster’ training facilitated by Helen Riseborough as part of NDRGS Lessons in Disaster (following WHIN GE training by Sandra Morris and Annie Douglas). Delivered to 22 participants (capacity) drawn from EM middle management and local government at the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre, Craigieburn.
Mackay, R. and Wilson-Annan, A. Delivery of Men and disaster training as part of NDRGS-funded Lessons In Disaster. Delivered to 22 participants (capacity) drawn from EM middle management and local government at the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre, Craigieburn.
Poster presentation on Men and Disaster at the Population Health Congress, Hobart, Tasmania.
Oral presentation on ‘Violence against women in the aftermath of the Black Saturday bushfires’ by D. Parkinson at the Population Health Congress, Hobart, Tasmania.
National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) and Public Health Assoc. Aust. (PHAA): Developing Climate Change adaptation with vulnerable communities. D. Parkinson presenting on Women and Climate Change. Pre-conference workshop, Population Health Congress, Hobart, Tasmania.
Mackay, R. and Wilson-Annan, A. Delivery of FV and Natural Disaster training as part of NDRGS-funded Lessons In Disaster. Delivered to 22 participants (capacity) drawn from EM middle management and local government at the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre, Craigieburn.
ACOSS NCCARF Policy Workshop, Melbourne. Parkinson, D. and Duncan, A. Presenting on Climate Change and Gender.
Mackay, R. and Wilson-Annan, A. Piloting of Men and Disaster training. Myrtleford, 22 participants.
Mackay, R. (2014). Presentation at Bendigo Conference – Violence Prevention: It’s everybody’s business.
Parkinson, D. (2014) RMIT Disaster Resilience Conference (Older Men), October 2014, Keynote presentations at the RMIT Researchers’ Forum on men’s vulnerability and risk in disaster.
Parkinson, D., & Zara, C. (2014). The link between disaster and violence against women. Paper presented at the ISA World Congress of Sociology in Yokohama, Japan, as part of ISA XV111 Conference, ‘Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for Global Sociology. July 17, 2014.
Parkinson, D., & Zara, C. (2014). Gender and disaster forum. Sponsored by the Science Council Japan, Tokyo, 20 July, 2014.
Diversity in Emergency Services (Gender Stream)’ – Day 2 of the 14th Annual Emergency Management Conference: NEW REALITIES
Presentations by Susie Reid and Rachael Mackay (WHGNE), Helen Riseborough (WHIN) and Frank Archer (MIRI), and by GAD Taskforce members: Daryl Taylor, Steve O’Malley, and Stephen Fontana. Keynote by Dr Christine Erikson, Prof. Bob Pease and Annette Gillespie.
Launch of the E-book, Beating the Flames, including an account of the Black Saturday fires by Sharon Bourke, Marysville resident.
Presentation of findings from ‘The Way He Tells It: Relationships after Black Saturday’
Presentation to emergency services workers, government employees, health professionals and community members in the Hume region (March 5 and 6, 2012)
Special presentation by Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick and Chief of Army, Lt. Gen. David Morrison AO
Visit our Resources pages to view and download all our papers and video presentations.