We're in Good Company...
We’re so pleased to announce that, as of 1st July 2022, Gender & Disaster Australia Ltd (or GADAus, as we like to call it!) is now an independent company limited by guarantee. 
GADAus retains its strong links to our legacy organisations (Women’s Health Goulburn North East, Women’s Health in the North, and Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative), with former WHGNE EO, Susie Reid, now a trainer, and WHIN CEO Helen Riseborough and Frank Archer, Director of MUDRI, now Directors on our Board.
Our Board
The newly established GADAus Board met for the first time on 29th June 2022, with Amanda Hede (pictured) appointed as Chair.
We welcome Amanda and all of our new Directors, including (but not limited to!): Elizabeth Broderick, who needs no introduction; Candy Broad, former Vic. Govt. Minister; and Alyssa Duncan, long-time former GAD Pod team member.
Our Expert Advisory Committee
We’re thrilled to announce that we now have an Expert Advisory Committee (EAC) in place to inform the federally funded gender and disaster recovery initiative. We’re so fortunate to have representatives from each state and territory, and to have Elizabeth Broderick (pictured) as the EAC Chair.  Elizabeth is a long-time valued friend and adviser to our gender and disaster work, and was the Inaugural speaker for the Claire Zara Memorial Oration in 2015.
Watch our website for further details about our Board & EAC members!
Claire Zara Memorial Oration
The Eighth Claire Zara Memorial Oration on gender and disaster, presented at the 22nd Annual Emergency Management Conference, was delivered by Chyloe Kurdas. Chyloe is a former elite Australian rules footballer, and a culture change and organisational development specialist with 15 years’ experience coaching and mentoring leaders through the gender equality evolution in the Australian sporting industry. Her presentation resonated with the more than 300 people who heard her speak about breaking through gendered barriers. Our sincere thanks to Chyloe, and to Tony Pool, Mark Swiney and the EMC Organising Committee for their ongoing support.
Register Now for GADAus Training!

The online ‘Lessons in Disaster’ training package covers the evidence, strategies and actions to increase safety from family violence at times of disaster. With the emergencies of COVID, floods and bushfires unfolding in Australia, it is more critical than ever to understand the impact of gendered expectations in disasters and actions for prevention. We will be delivering training for the Victorian Women’s Health sector and others in September.

Location:  Online
Format:    Four (4) x 90-minute sessions
Date/s:     1st & 8th September
Cost:        $50

Click here for more information or to purchase a ticket
The cost is highly subsidised by the federal government’s support.


The Train-the-Trainer program is offered to trainer/facilitators interested in facilitating the Lessons in Disaster training program in their region/state as part of a pool of trained Lessons in Disaster facilitators. Once certified, individuals can be assisted to partner to deliver the training either internally to their organisations, externally via GAD Australia as the initial point of contact, or via external organisations and community requests. Please note you will need to have completed the LIDS training either online or we can send through the links to recorded sessions.

Date/s:  10th & 11th October

Please send through an Expression of Interest; or
Send queries to Rachael Mackay

GADAus Training is subsidised by federal funding from the Commonwealth Government, through the National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children 2022-2032.
Talking & Listening
Presentations, Podcasts & More...
Creative Responders Podcast
Listen to Deb in conversation with Scotia from the Creative Recovery Network, discussing how disasters impact women, men, children and LGBTQIA+ communities, and how our training and research is informing changes to disaster response and recovery.

Training Delivery
Demand for the GADAus Lessons in Disaster Training continues to grow. In June, GADAus delivered training to 20 participants as part of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation program for emerging community leaders. The session was convened in Canberra as part of a full learning program for participants from across Victoria and NSW. This session followed on from presentations to the Red Cross, and Melbourne and Sydney Councils earlier in the year, and in person two-hour sessions delivered to flood impacted communities in Lismore and Brunswick Heads. Training sessions have been booked for the Women’s Health sector and other interested individuals in September and the full Train the Trainer program will be delivered in October in Melbourne. See above to book your place, or to register your interest in our upcoming training!
National Risk to Resilience Summit
On 29-30 June, Liam attended the National Risk to Resilience Summit in Sydney, hosted by the National Risk and Recovery Agency (NRRA). This was the last in a series of expert and community consultations to inform the Second National Action Plan (NAP) for Disaster Risk Reduction, and GADAus was asked to provide expert commentary on gender and disaster. The summit was attended by a diverse range of stakeholders representing Indigenous communities, Government, non-Government, community, local councils, private sector organisations and more.
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