Keeping everyone safe in this 2019/2020 fire season extends to being willing to hear that men are vulnerable and need help, and being willing to hear women speak of emerging domestic/family violence. These are not matters to be swept aside as we revert to traditional  gender roles (strong, silent men and nurturing, sacrificing women). Surviving this bushfire disaster with health and wellbeing intact relies on hearing the concerns of women, men and children, and having the knowledge to refer people to appropriate support where necessary.

Our research with men and women – in the community and in the emergency services (EM) sector – after Black Saturday has informed the following resources to help us all respond constructively and help those affected by these widespread, frightening fires:



Gender and Emergency Management Guidelines


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