Project 0466: Identifying the experiences and needs of LGBTI communities before, during and after emergencies in Victoria

Chief Investigator’s name: Dr Debra Parkinson
Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative
Phone:  0423 646 930


You are invited to take part in this study.  Please read this Explanatory Statement in full before deciding whether or not to participate in this research. If you would like further information regarding any aspect of this project, you are encouraged to contact the researchers via the phone numbers or email addresses listed above.
What does the research involve?

The aim of the study is to better understand the needs of LGBTI communities in emergencies, specifically by:

  • identifying experiences of LGBTI people as ‘clients’ in an emergency, and
  • identifying the LGBTI-inclusiveness of emergency management practices and policies.


You will be asked to complete an online questionnaire via Survey Monkey. You will not be asked for your name or contact details.


There may be an additional, optional opportunity for you to participate in a half-day workshop (approximately) at a CBD location in Melbourne. The aim of the workshop is to obtain feedback from senior EM personnel on the initial survey findings in order to develop recommendations to improve EM planning and service delivery to LGBTI Victorians.  Ideally, between 20 and 40 people will participate. The draft report findings will be presented by the research team and discussion of the implications for the EM sector policies and practices will be workshopped – either in the whole group or parts of the half day may be in smaller groups.


Why were you chosen for this research?

We are seeking people involved in the emergency management sector. By EM Sector, we include any organisation that has a role in emergency or disaster planning, response, recovery or reconstruction, e.g. Emergency Service Organisations, CFA volunteers, State and Local Government, Churches, health and community services, etc.


Source of funding

The Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet has provided funding of approximately $67,000 for this project. The researchers have no conflict of interest in this research.



Consenting to participate in the project and withdrawing from the research


By completing the online Survey Monkey, you give implied consent. You may withdraw at any stage through to completion of the questionnaire, however, once you submit the questionnaire, it will not be possible to withdraw your information. In order to ensure the confidentiality of your responses we do not ask for your name or any contact details. We do, however, ask for your organisation and role. If you feel this would compromise your anonymity, you can omit these details.


If you are interested in being a participant in the workshop, please contact project coordinator, Judy Jeffrey on 0488 589 740 or The research team will manage registration to ensure sound representation. If you are involved, you will be given a copy of the Explanatory Statement and Consent Form upon registering for the workshop. At the workshop itself, those without signed Consent Forms will be given another copy of both the Explanatory Statement and the Consent Form and asked to sign it before the workshop begins. The research team will offer to answer any questions.


Possible benefits and risks to participants

Understanding LGBTI marginality, vulnerability and resilience helps contribute to inclusive and effective emergency management policies. Whilst research has been undertaken in NSW and to a lesser extent Queensland, there appears to be a gap in understanding these issues in Victoria. Your participation will help us better understand how to meet the needs of LGBTI people in emergency management practices in Victoria.

Some EM personnel may be reluctant to participate in the research because they may feel it compromises their privacy or it raises past difficult or traumatic experiences.

If you are upset by your participation, please call an appropriate support service such as Lifeline on 13 11 14, Switchboard (LGBTI telephone counselling service) 1800 184 527, Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636, WIRE Women’s Information on 1300 134 130 or Men’s Line on 1300 78 99 78.


No identifying information will be required for Survey Monkey completion as most demographic questions are optional. Only gender, age and metropolitan/regional/rural status is required.  Only compiled information will be reported. Where quotations are used in the research report, participants who offer potentially identifying information will be de-identified. No names will be collected in the Survey Monkeys and pseudonyms will be used in the report.


People who participate in the workshop will be fully identifiable as details such as name, organisation and role will be required for registration.

The research findings will be made accessible and publicly available through an agreed (by DPC and the researchers) research report, available through the GAD Pod or partner website, and through journal articles, conference presentations, etc. at a later agreed time. Other organisations may link to the report on the GAD Pod or partner website (

Storage of data

The data will be securely stored in a locked cabinet at Women’s Health In the North, 680 High Street, Thornbury 3071 for a period of seven years. Only the research team and the CEO will have access to the data.


Participants will be able to access the research findings through a publicly available website as noted above.



Should you have any concerns or complaints about the conduct of the project (0466), you are welcome to contact the Executive Officer, Monash University Human Research Ethics (MUHREC):

Executive Officer
Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (MUHREC)
Room 111, Chancellery Building E,
24 Sports Walk, Clayton Campus
Research Office
Monash University VIC 3800

Tel: +61 3 9905 2052           Email:        Fax: +61 3 9905 3831




Thank you,

Dr Debra Parkinson