Diversity in Disaster Conference - Melbourne, Australia - 17-18 Apr 2018

When: 17 - 18 April 2018.

Where: MCG, Brunton Avenue, Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. 

Supported by: Diversity in Disaster is an initiative of the Gender and Disaster Pod (Women’s Health In the North, Women’s Health Goulburn North East and Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative), the Victorian Council of Social Services and Resilient Melbourne. This conference was funded by the Australian Government in partnership with the Victorian Government under the National Partnership Agreement for National Disaster Resilience. 

Cost: A$660. Register now

Every year people across Australia are affected by emergencies and disasters. The Gender and Disaster POD (Women’s Health In the North, Women’s Health Goulburn North East, and Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative), the Victorian Council of Social Services and Resilient Melbourne invite you to the National Diversity in Disaster conference, 17-18 April 2018. This project brings together Australian and international emergency services professionals and researchers to help build understanding around the unique risks and vulnerabilities that people from many different backgrounds face during a disaster. 

Topics include: 

  •  increased family violence after disaster,
  • the emotional and personal costs for men in emergencies,
  • disaster and LGBTI communities, and
  • the role of privileged groups in perpetuating environmentally destructive norms and practices.

The National Gender & Emergency guidelines will be launched at the conference.

International speakers

  • Professor Maureen Fordham, Professor of Gender and Disaster Resilience. Affiliated with University College London Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, Durham University, and Northumbria University in the UK, and Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand.
  • JC Gaillard, Associate Professor, University of Auckland
  • Sharon Torstonson, Executive Officer, Kaituiora Social Equity & Wellbeing Network, New Zealand
  • Dr Gretchen Good, Senior Lecturer, School of Health Sciences, Massey University, New Zealand
  • Lesley Gray, Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand

Related reading

The Diversity in Disaster Issues Paper is designed to give an overview of issues to be presented at the conference to those in the emergency management sector, state and local government, academic and community sectors.

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