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October Communique

Bushfire, Gender and Social Change
Women’s Health In the North is pleased to invite you to attend our 2015 Annual General Meeting with special guest, Dr Christine Eriksen, Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research, University of Wollongong. 
 
WHIN is a leader in the gender and disaster field and is proud to showcase our work at our AGM. Join us for our AGM on Thursday 22nd October, 2015, at the Darebin North East Community Hub, Copernicus Crescent, Bundoora, 3083.  A light lunch will be provided from 1.00 pm and the meeting will begin at 1.30 pm.
 
Dr Eriksen will discuss the social dimensions of natural disasters for households, communities and organisations.  Christine's research examines how people engage with social and environmental uncertainty in everyday life.  A major part of this work focuses on the culturally and historically distinct relations that underpin bushfire vulnerability and resilience.  Christine's book Gender and Wildfire: Landscapes of Uncertainty (2014) follows people's stories of surviving, fighting, living and working with bushfire in Australia and USA.
 
For more information, please call the office on 9484 1666.
Leading Change from Within
Do you hold a leadership position in an organisation that is committed to improving gender equity and preventing violence against women? 
 
Guest speakers:
 
  • Christine Nixon who will draw on her years of leadership and management experience to speak about the realities of organisational change, the commitment that is required, the challenges and the benefits.
 
  • Dr Victor Sojo will share recent research findings on Harmful workplace experiences and women’s occupational wellbeing.
     
  • Dr Michael Salter will speak about the need for prevention work to focus on both structural inequalities as well as the norms, attitudes and beliefs people hold about gender and violence against women.
 
Tickets are $35 (including breakfast). Monday 12 October, 7.45-10.30am at Melbourne Polytechnic, 77 St. Georges Rd, Preston. Contact whin@whin.org.au to book.
Living LGBTI and Disaster
Just three spots left for middle managers in the EM sector!   
Innovative new training available to interested Emergency Management middle managers and Community Members. Delivered by Liam Leonard from Gay Lesbian Health Victoria and Jan Earthstar from the Gender and Disaster Pod.  Hear guest speaker Dr Dale Dominey-Howes.
 
Wednesday October 28, 10am to 4pm including lunch (3 places available). 
  • Venue: Victorian Emergency Management Training 
  • Centre, Craigieburn (made available through the generous support of EMCV)
  • No charge for attendees as these pilot sessions are funded
  • Funded by the Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme (NDRGS).
For more information or to register, mail judyjeffrey@activ8.net.au or call 0488 589 740. 
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