Welcome to the Lessons in Disaster Train-the-Trainer program. We look forward to seeing you at the face-to-face Workshop. However, in the meantime, we would appreciate you taking time to read selected articles and watch some recommended videos in preparation for participation in the Train-the-Trainer Workshop and subsequent facilitation.
Gathering additional information and perspectives on the impact of natural disaster on family violence will complement your existing knowledge and experience. This leads to a deeper and more engaging learning experience for participants attending the training you will be facilitating.

The Gender & Disaster (GAD) Pod is an initiative of two Victorian Women’s Health organisations, Women’s Health Goulburn North East (WHGNE) and Women’s Health in the North (WHIN), working in partnership with the Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative (MUDRI).

The GAD Pod was formally established in 2015 to promote an understanding of the role played by gender in survivor responses to natural disaster, and to embed these insights into emergency management practice. Since undertaking qualitative research in the aftermath of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, the Pod partners have led, or collaborated on, a range of initiatives intended to raise awareness about how gender is implicated in the human experience of disaster and its aftermath, and to inform responses to women and men in future disasters, the Gendered violence and lessons in disaster Training package is one of these initiatives.

Please visit the website at to read more about current work, and to access an extensive body of resources.

Awards Received

Awarded to the Gender and Disaster Collaboration 2017

Mary Fran Myers Award 2017 was awarded by the Natural Hazards Centre in Boulder, Colorado, and the Gender and Disaster Network for our collaborative efforts to reduce disaster vulnerability through advocacy, research and management. The award was to the lead researchers, the three GAD Pod organisations and executive officers, EMV and DHHS (along with GAD Taskforce members and community). The award is an important recognition of the Victorian-based research in the field of gender and disaster in issues that are of significance locally, nationally and internationally.

Awarded to the Gender and Disaster Collaboration 2015

The award for Best Thesis in the Social & Political Sciences by Monash Universitywas presented to Dr Debra Parkinson for ‘Women’s experience of violence following the aftermath of the Black Saturday bushfires’ (Supervisors: Professor Denise Cuthbert (RMIT), Dr Kirsten McLean, Dr Danielle Tyson.)

Awarded to D. Parkinson 2014

Resilient Australia Award, sponsored bythe Attorney-General’s Department, for ‘Gender & Disaster: Leading the Change’, in the category of ‘Projects of National Significance’

Awarded to WHGNE, WHIN & MIRI 2013

Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Award for ‘Family violence after natural disaster research: Breaking new ground’, in the category of ‘Knowledge and Understanding’.

Awarded to WHGNE 2013

The 6th Professor Frederick ‘Skip’’ Burkle Jnr Keynote Lecture, 2013 at the MUDRI research Symposium, Monash University on 27/11/2013. Presented to D. Parkinson and C. Zara


About the Gendered violence and lessons in disaster Training Package

The Gendered violence and lessons in disaster Training Package aims to:

  • Ensure the safety needs of women, men and children are met after disaster.
  • Support services to develop strategies to address gender inequalities and respond appropriately to family violence in the context of disaster,

The Package provides participants with:

  • An understanding of the concept of the social construction of gender and the impact on men and women’s responses to disaster.
  • Knowledge to identify the implicit and explicit behaviours of individuals and the organisational practices that support rigid gender roles, and how this is exacerbated in times of disaster.
  • Strategies and actions for individuals, organisations and communities to enact before and disaster to facilitate constructive responses by men in and after disaster and to ensure the safety needs of women and children are met.
  • Increased awareness of the value of building a gender-responsive and disaster-aware organisation.

“ One in six Australians are estimated to be exposed to disaster in their lifetime [1]  and a more recent Australian national survey in 2010 indicated an even higher figure of one in three having had ‘direct disaster experience’ in their lifetime [2]. Disaster provides a different context for violence against women. It is essential for trainers to understand what this context is, and how it affects men, women and children.”

[1] McFarlane, 2005 [2] Reser, Bradley, Glendon, Ellul, Callaghan, 2012, p4