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EOFY Communiqué

Monash Disaster Resilience Forum: Progressing Community-Based Resilience, 7thJuly

Welcome of our End of Financial Year Communiqué! Last month Resilient Melbourne was launched and sets out the first ever resilience strategy for Greater Melbourne. Resilient Melbourne represents the culmination of work from people 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 Melbournians, now and in the future?

WHIN’s Research Manager Deb Parkinson, and project co-ordinator, Judy Jeffrey will present on the GAD Pod training developed with NDRGS funding, and the Gender and Emergency Management National Guidelines, collaboratively developed under the leadership of the wider Gender and Disaster Pod team, with NEMP funding. 

To find out more about the forum and to register, see the flier or the Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative website.

The 2nd Claire Zara Memorial Oration at the Emergency Management Conference, 12th July

The Claire Zara Memorial Oration will be held on day one in a plenary session of the Emergency Management (EM) Conference in Melbourne (12th to 13th July). This conference is the key event for the sector and is attended by approximately 500 people. The presenter of this important oration on gender in Emergency Management is Professor Caroline Taylor AM. Caroline is recognised as one of Australia's leading experts and consultants in the field of child and adult sexual violence and domestic violence and the criminal justice response. This choice of presenter is particularly fitting as she knew Claire personally.

Day 2 GAD Pod Presentations to EM Conference 13th July

On day two, the Gender and Disaster Pod is presenting two sessions in the Gender stream, convened by Rowena Allen, Victorian Gender and Sexuality Commissioner. The first is on the ‘Gender and EM National Guidelines’, and the second is on ‘Working with LGBTI Communities’, to be presented with Liam Leonard, Director of Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria, and Rowena Allen.

Do you want to review the GEM Guidelines?

So far, in the first two phases of their development, the GEM Guidelines have incorporated feedback from more than 350 people from the EM sector – 150 in Victoria and 200 from across Australia. They are currently in their 3rd iteration. If you would like to read the guidelines and offer comments, please contact us at
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