Conference Program

The National Conference on Diversity in Disaster brings together researchers, policy makers and practitioners to examine how disasters affect people differently and how this impact can be reduced. Presentations will highlight women, men, people of diverse gender and sexual identities, Aboriginal groups, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, faith–based groups, people with disability, young people, the elderly, the homeless, migrant and refugees, rural communities and more!

Designed to enhance resilience and raise awareness of the needs and strengths of all in the community, the conference will engage emergency management practitioners and community services leaders with the latest research on disaster resilience.

Participants will hear from more than 60 researchers, policy makers and people with lived experience from across Australia and New Zealand. Keynote speaker Professor Maureen Fordham from the University College of London and the International Gender and Disaster Network will speak to the importance of building gender awareness to strengthen community resilience. The Day 2 Keynote Speaker is JC Gaillard,  Associate Professor at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. His present work focuses on developing participatory tools for DRR and involving minority groups in disaster-related activities with an emphasis on ethnic and gender minorities, prisoners and homeless people. He is further interested in everyday hazards and disasters.

Other topics include:

We are pleased to announce that emcee for the conference is Brett de Hoedt.

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Day 1 - Tuesday 17th April, 2018

Day 2 - Wednesday 18th April, 2018

The program is correct at the time of publishing. The Conference Organisers reserve the right to delete, modify or alter items from the program or to delete, modify or alter any aspect of the Conference timetabling and delivery at their sole discretion and without notice. Neither the host organisation(s) nor the Conference Managers will accept any liability for any loss or inconvenience caused to any party consequent to such changes. This conference is funded by the Australian Government in partnership with the Victorian Government under the National Partnership Agreement for National Disaster Resilience.


Craig Lapsley Profile
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Now, more than ever, the challenges of disasters and emergency management must be addressed head on… To increase our capability, and reduce risk, our emergency management sector must connect with the diverse community we serve.

I encourage emergency managers and volunteers in Victoria – and Australia – to attend the ‘Diversity in Disaster’ Conference.

Craig Lapsley
Emergency Management Commissioner, Victoria