The GAD Pod has developed a suite of resources to support increased understanding of the impact of gender on disaster, and to provide practical strategies to incorporate gender considerations into emergency management policy, planning, decision-making and service delivery. Our education and training resources include two comprehensive training packages and a Train-the-Trainer package.

The new 5.5-hour ‘Lessons in Disaster’ training package now combines the original ‘Family Violence After Disasters’ and ‘Men After Disasters’.

 The ‘Lessons in Disaster training package aims to strengthen the capacity of  the emergency management and health sectors and community organisations to challenge gender stereotypes, develop strategies to address gender inequalities, and to understand the relevance of family violence to the EM sector.



  • Ensure the safety needs of women, men and children are met after disaster
  • Understand the impact of gendered expectations on men and women
  • Strengthen the capacity of the emergency management sector to challenge gender stereotypes
  • Increase awareness of the value of building a gender-responsive and disaster-aware organisation.
  • Ensure organisations understand the relevance of family violence in disaster
  • To consider the role of strict gender norms in experience of emergency and disaster
  • To understand the relationship between strict gender norms, family violence, drug and alcohol use and suicide at times of disaster


  • Knowledge of the concept of the social construction of gender and the impact on men and women’s experience of disaster
  • Knowledge to identify the implicit and explicit behaviours of individuals, and the organisational practices that support rigid gender roles
  • Strategies and actions to facilitate constructive responses by men in and after disaster and to ensure the safety needs of women and children are met
  • Strategies to address gender inequalities
  • Knowledge of how to respond and refer appropriately (links to targeted 'Responding to Family Violence’ training)

Pre-Reading, Videos and Podcasts




Trainer Bios

Naomi Bailey has a background in the protection fields, working with communities, organisations, governments and the private sector using human rights and public health frameworks. Recent work includes the Outcomes Statement from the Diversity in Disaster Conference, and the Outcomes Statement from the Women and Firefighting Australasia Conference. She specialises in the prevention, early intervention and response with a gender equity lens, and recently lead a leadership project across rural Victoria that focussed on cultivating adaptive leaders for contemporary challenges.
Rachael Mackay is a Social Work practitioner working in health promotion and training in the women’s health sector at Women’s Health Goulburn North East. Rachael specialises in project management, coordinating the Bsafe Project, which won the Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Award and the Regional Achievement and Community Safety Award. In 2017 Rachael was a member of a Peer Assessment Panel for the Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s safety (ANROWS). Rachael’s current role is the development and facilitation of training to health and human services, police and emergency management services and local government, in the areas of family violence, gender and disaster, gender equity and the prevention of violence against women.

Steve O’Malley is a Leading Firefighter and the Fairness and Inclusion Officer with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade. He has been an operational Fire-fighter for more than 30 years and is a graduate in the study of Human Rights.

Steve is currently the Secretary of Women and Firefighting Australasia (WAFA) and an Honorary Life Member of WAFA, a foundation member of the Emergency Management Victoria ‘Gender and Disaster’ taskforce and a trainer and facilitator of the Gender and Disaster Pod’s ‘Gendered Violence and Lessons in Disaster’ training package.

Liam Leonard, with a wealth of experience in researching and working in the field of LGBTI health and wellbeing, and recent forays into the EM sector, will lead this highly valued training. Liam has over 25 years experience as a social policy expert and LGBTI advocate. A past Director GLHV, he has been the lead investigator on a diverse range of state and national LGBTI research projects and led the development of the world’s first LGBTI inclusive accreditation program, the Rainbow Tick.

Participant Bios