Diversity in Disaster Conference

Gender & Disaster Australia

The National Conference Diversity in Disaster will examine how disasters impact on Aboriginal groups, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, people with disability, children and young people, those with visual impairment, or suffering homelessness, LGBTI groups, migrant and refugees, and rural communities.

The conference website goes live on International Day, 13 October. 

Designed to enhance resilience and raise awareness of the needs and strengths of marginalised groups, the conference will engage emergency management practitioners with the latest research on disaster resilience.

Participants will hear from more than 20 researchers and policy makers from across Australia and New Zealand. Keynote speaker Professor Maureen Fordham from the University College of London and Northumbria University will speak to the importance of building gender awareness to strengthen community resilience.

Other topics covered 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.

As bushfire is an enormous challenge for emergency management in Australia, the conference will focus on Indigenous weather forecasting, traditional cool burning methods, and engagement with Aboriginal elders by the emergency management sector.

This broad-reaching conference will connect those working at the forefront of disaster relief and resilience-building activities with expert researchers in order to improve planning and produce better outcomes after disaster. It will include an immersive arts event. An important focus is the inclusion of people with lived experience, both in the organising groups and as presenters.

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