Information – Lessons in Disaster: Educating for Resilience through Men’s and Women’s Experience of Disaster

Breaking news:
  • Guest speaker at Gender Equity and Disaster session: Dr Christine Eriksen, University of Wollongong. Author of ‘Gender and Wildfire: Landscapes of Uncertainty’.
  • Guest speaker at Living LGBTI and Disaster session: Assoc. Prof. Dale Dominey-Howes, University of Sydney. Dale leads a large national research project funded by the Australian Research Council on the experiences and needs of LGBTI people in Australian and NZ natural disasters.

Innovative new training available to interested Emergency Management staff and Community Members Funded by the Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme (NDRGS).

Delivered by the Gender and Disaster Pod (an initiative of Women’s Health Goulburn North East, Women’s Health in the North and Monash Injury Research Institute).

Places are limited to 25 attendees per workshop, 2 attendees per organisation per workshop. Name, contact details and preferred course are required by COB on Tuesday 18 August to secure registration. We are operating a “wait-list” to ensure all places are filled.

  • The Project is piloting 4 disaster and gender related training packages.
  • Each Workshop is specifically tailored to different aspects of emergency management and diversity


Identifying Family Violence after Natural DisasterFriday 4 September – designed to provide emergency services and recovery workers with an understanding of family violence after natural disaster. Provides participants with the knowledge and skills to identify family violence after natural disaster and to provide referrals where appropriate.

Men and DisasterMonday 14 September – designed to broaden the range of constructive behaviours for men and women before, during and after disaster. Provides participants with:

  • an understanding of the concepts of sex and gender and their impact on men’s responses to disaster
  • an awareness of challenges faced by men in disaster contexts
  • an awareness of the consequences of hyper-masculine behaviour on men, on other people, on the family and organisations
  • knowledge to identify the implicit and explicit behaviours of individuals and the organisational practices that support rigid gender roles
  • ways to take action to broaden the range of constructive behaviours for women and men
  • strategies for individuals, organisations and communities to enact before a disaster to facilitate constructive responses by men in and after disasters and strategies to assist individuals, organisations and communities in dealing with men’s responses to disasters and their aftermath.

Gender Equity and Emergency ManagementMonday 19 October

Learning Objectives are:

  • To encourage participants to recognise their own personal values about gender
  • To increase participant’s awareness of the importance of building a gender responsive organisation
  • To provide an introduction to gender terminology
  • To provide an introduction to gender analysis
  • To increase knowledge, skills and confidence in the design, delivery and evaluation of gender sensitive programs and skills.Guest speaker will be Dr Christine Eriksen, University of Wollongong.

Being LGBTQIA in a Disaster Wednesday 28 October – designed to provide an introduction to Gay Lesbian Health Victoria’s Living LGBTI training which explores LGBTI people’s everyday lives and the ways in which systemic discrimination, including homophobia and transphobia, affect their health and wellbeing. Provides participants with an understanding of issues specific to LBGTI people in (and following) disaster situations

  • Venue: Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre, Craigieburn (made available through the generous support of EMCV). The address is:Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre
    284 -290 Hume Hwy
    (Classroom 1 and 2)
    Craigieburn 3064Telephone: 9935 1788
  • Six hour training sessions, including lunch (10am to 4pm)
  • Interdisciplinary sessions – emergency management professionals, volunteers and community members
  • No charge for attendees at these initial four sessions due to one-off funding from the National Disaster Resilience Grant Scheme.
  • For more information or to register, email or call 0488 589 740 or 03 5768 2540