For a full list of conference presentations, see the GAD Pod CV.

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.

Gender Justice in Disaster: Inspiring Action Conference 2021

The Gender Justice in Disaster Conference 2021 aimed to bring a gender lens to critical issues of contemporary emergency. It sought to inspire action at the intersect of gender and sustainable Aboriginal land management, climate change activism, discrimination against LGBTIQA+ people, the representation of women in leadership, violence against women, and more.  See our conference page for recordings and more information. 

Diversity in Disaster Conference 2018

The GAD Pod partnered with VCOSS and Resilient Melbourne to host a conference on the experience of marginalised groups in disasters in April 2018. See our conference page for outcomes from the conference.

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.

AFAC16 Conference

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

Identifying the Hidden Disaster: The First Australian Conference on Natural Disasters and Family Violence Melbourne, 9 March 2012


GAD Pod partners have presented papers at numerous conferences and events since the release of the research findings. The full list is below.

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.

Visit our Resources pages to view and download all our papers and video presentations.