Diversity in Disaster: Communities and emergency management building resilience

Every year people and communities across Australia experience emergencies and natural disasters.

On 17-18 April 2018, the Gender and Disaster POD (WHGNE, WHIN and MUDRI), the Victorian Council of Social Services and Resilient Melbourne will host the Diversity in Disaster conference. This will bring together Australian and international emergency services professionals and researchers to help build understanding about the unique risks and vulnerabilities that people face during a natural disaster.

Hear from people who have experienced first-hand the effects of natural disaster. Learn about how people from diverse, marginalised and underrepresented communities experience disasters. Discuss the unique challenges faced in their ability to respond and recover.

Diversity in Disaster is the exploration of the strengths and needs of people from a range of backgrounds. By participating, you can explore preparedness, response, relief and recovery for diverse communities and join with individuals committed to inclusive and effective emergency management.

If you work in the emergency management, resilience or diversity fields, save the date of 17-18 April 2018 and access the program online. Registration is open to emergency services organisations, professionals and volunteers, community, health and social services organisations, researchers and representatives from all levels of government.

Find out more about the conference at www.genderanddisaster.com.au/diversity-in-disaster/.

This conference is funded by the Australian Government in partnership with the Victorian Government under the National Partnership Agreement for National Disaster Resilience.