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.

Since 2013, the GAD Pod has provided training to over 350 delegates from the emergency services sector (both career and volunteers), including MFB, CFA and DELWP fire fighters, SES, police, local government, churches and the community. Ongoing evaluation has led to the refinement and modification of these modules to suit the sector’s needs and to ensure their alignment with current practices and frameworks. Indeed, the training has been thoroughly evaluated, including an external evaluation report of our NDRGS-funded program.

The Training Hub link on this  website has information on the full suite of training developed and offered by the GAD Pod. Of particular note:

  1. The new ‘Lessons in Disaster’ training package is available now.
  2. ‘Train the trainer’ is available for this new combined training package. Successful completion of the ’Lessons in Disaster Train-the Trainer’ certifies individual participants to deliver the training package under agreement with the GAD Pod.
  3. Unique ‘Under Pressure: LGBTI-inclusive emergency services’ training is currently being offered.

Please contact the GAD Pod for further information:

Lessons in Disaster Training


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

WHY: The ‘Lessons in Disastertraining package aims to strengthen the capacity of  the emergency management sector to challenge gender stereotypes, develop strategies to address gender inequalities, and to understand the relevance of family violence to the EM sector.

WHEN: To suit your training schedule.

WHO: 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.

Under Pressure: LGBTI-inclusive emergency services training


WHAT: The 3-hour training is for emergency service organisations, local government, churches or anyone interested in LGBTI inclusive professional practice and EM management that is diverse and encompassing of all.

WHY: There is an opportunity for senior leaders, middle managers and front line workers to understand why ‘we treat everyone the same’ is not an effective emergency response.

WHEN: Commencing July 2019

WHO: 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.


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