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May Communiqué

Melbourne Resilience Strategy

Melbourne’s Resilience Strategy has just been released and will be formally launched on June 1st, 2016. It is the culmination of work by people from across sectors, council boundaries and community groups, coming together to consider a shared challenge:what can we do to protect and improve the lives of Melburnians, now and in the future? Read it here. An exciting inclusion is MUDRI and EMV’s ‘Community-based resilience compendium’. Led by Dr Caroline Spencer, this draws togethera compendium of Melbourne’s leading resilience-building practices to support community-based resilience efforts. Turn first to page 100 to read this! And click here for the MUDRI/EMV Compendium itself.

Presentation at MUDRI Forum

Alyssa Duncan and Sharon MacDonnell presented findings from the GAD Pod’s report, Women in fire and emergency leadership roles: How can we improve the gender balance?  to the first MUDRI Forum for 2016. The research was commissioned by DELWP in late 2015. You can read the summary report here.

Gender and Disaster Good Practice Guidelines

Keep an eye on the 1800 RESPECT website for the forthcoming addition of Gender and Disaster Good Practice Principles. The GAD Pod has been working with 1800 RESPECT to develop the guidelines. These will sit on their website, alongside their Good Practice Principles for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, and for working with women from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds.

We want your expertise!

The Gender and Disaster Taskforce has a revitalised focus on community dynamics in the context of disasters. We are about to canvass key stakeholders about what they observe in communities at times of disaster, and the implications for the emergency management sector.  If you have thoughts or observations to contribute, please email with your ideas.
NEMP (National Emergency Management Projects) has funded us to develop national Gender and Emergency Management Guidelines. Our Survey on this has recently been closed, and we are currently analysing the 111 detailed responses. However, we’d also like to canvass your thoughts about such guidelines. What do you think is important to include? Email us!
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