GADAus Training

Increase your capacity to identify, respond to and prevent the harmful impacts of gendered expectations in disaster.

Why is this training important?

Women, men and LGBTIQA+ people experience disaster differently. Often it is men who are expected to protect and provide (even when it’s not possible). Women are expected to nurture and care for others, sometimes at the expense of their own safety and wellbeing, and LGBTIQA+ people’s needs are rarely considered. With climate-related disasters increasing in frequency and ferocity, it is more critical than ever to understand the impact of gendered expectations in disasters. Now is the time to act, because disaster is no excuse for family violence.

Applying a gendered lens at each stage of disaster, from prevention and planning to response and recovery will allow for more effective emergency management. The result will be stronger and more inclusive communities in and after disasters.

Training we offer

Across every state and territory in Australia, we deliver online and in-person training to disaster responders, emergency management providers, health and community services, disaster-prone communities, and a range of other groups. Subsidised by Federal funding from the Commonwealth Government, through the National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children 2022-2032, our training is based on lived experiences of disasters and grounded in extensive qualitative research. Hearing the voices of disaster survivors resonates with training participants.

To date, we have trained over 1000 participants from the emergency services sector, local government, health, disaster response agencies, and communities to challenge rigid gender stereotypes and improve disaster management and survival. Find out more about the training we offer and our experienced facilitators.

To discuss GADAus training (for yourself or your organisation) in more detail, please contact our Business Development Manager:

Melesa Osborne: m.osborne@gadaustralia.com.au

Lessons in Disaster

The Lessons in Disaster training package is designed to strengthen the capacity of health, community and emergency sectors to challenge harmful gender stereotypes and inequalities, and understand their relevance in a disaster context. Delivered by expert trainers and facilitators, this package includes sessions on harmful gender stereotypes in disaster, family violence, men’s self-harm and suicide, and LGBTIQA+ inclusion.

WHAT: 4 X 90 MINUTE SESSIONS ON ZOOM OR 2 X 3 HOUR SESSIONS FACE-TO-FACE

WHERE: ONLINE (ZOOM) OR IN-PERSON ACROSS ANY STATE OR TERRITORY IN AUSTRALIA, WHERE SAFE TO DO SO

WHO: EMERGENCY SERVICES; RED CROSS; LOCAL COUNCILS; COMMUNITY HEALTH; FRONTLINE STAFF, VOLUNTEERS AND SENIOR MANAGERS

HOW MUCH: GADAUS TRAINING IS DELIVERED FREE OF CHARGE, WITH FEDERAL FUNDING FROM THE COMMONWEALTH GOVERNMENT, THROUGH THE NATIONAL PLAN TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN 2022-2032.

What participants have said

“Well done, great opportunity for debates, education, awareness, and challenging assumptions.”

Participant, City of Melbourne

“Thank you very much, your work is very important. Training was very well run and informative.”

Participant, Red Cross

“Great work in bringing this touchy subject to the fore and for putting together a sensitive approach that left blame entirely.”

Participant, City of Sydney

Train-the-Trainer Program

Our Train-the-Trainer program is offered to experienced trainers and facilitators interested in delivering our Lessons in Disaster training program in their region/state as part of a pool of trained facilitators. Once certified, participants can deliver the training both within their organisation or to external stakeholders with support from GADAus.

This program is available to those who have completed their Lessons in Disaster training. You will then be eligible to join our growing Practice Leadership Group.

WHAT: 2 DAY INTENSIVE PROGRAM

WHERE: IN-PERSON WITH UPCOMING DATES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

WHO: EXPERIENCED TRAINERS AND FACILITATORS WHO HAVE COMPLETED ‘LESSONS IN DISASTER;’ FRONTLINE RESPONDERS, EMERGENCY SERVICES PERSONNEL, SOCIAL WORKERS, COMMUNITY HEALTH PRACTITIONERS, FAITH-BASED OR COMMUNITY LEADERS

HOW MUCH: GADAUS TRAINING IS DELIVERED FREE OF CHARGE, WITH FEDERAL FUNDING FROM THE COMMONWEALTH GOVERNMENT, THROUGH THE NATIONAL PLAN TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN 2022-2032.

Meet our facilitators

The GADAus team brings a gendered analysis and strong evidence-base to inform more inclusive disaster risk, resilience and responses. Led by Dr Debra Parkinson, globally recognised researcher in the field of gender and disaster, our team of expert trainers and experienced facilitators come from a wide-range of backgrounds across policy, emergency management, women’s health, and academia.

Rachael Mackay — Manager, Train-The-Trainer Program

Rachael Mackay is an experienced social work practitioner, facilitator and trainer in gender equity, disaster and the prevention of violence against women. As the Manager of our Train-the-Trainer program, Rachael is passionate about challenging leaders to shift harmful gender stereotypes.

Steve O’Malley — EM Sector Consultant & Principal Trainer

Steve O’Malley AFSM is a Senior Leading Firefighter and the Manager of Emergency Management sector engagement at GADAus. An operational firefighter for more than 30 years, Steve is an experienced trainer and presenter on gender, diversity and inclusion and passionate advocate for a more equitable and fairer society for all.