AIDR Recovery Matters Webinar Series

LGBTIQA+ experiences in disasters and recovery


2.00-3.00pm AEST, 20 April 2021


Recovery Matters webinars get to the heart of key issues that are important in disaster recovery. Join the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience as we invite expert speakers to share what they know and help us move forward with effective recovery.

LGBTIQA+ experiences in disasters and recovery

A small but growing body of research suggests some LGBTIQA+ people are reluctant to access help in a disaster because of historic and ongoing discrimination and abuse experienced toward them and their communities. 

How do we work towards inclusive practice and services that meet the needs of LGBTIQA+ communities during and after disasters?

Hear from experts at the Gender and Disaster Pod (GAD Pod) as they explore the experiences of the LGBTIQA+ community in disasters and COVID-19. 


Guest speakers:

Liam Leonard, Gender and Disaster (GAD) Pod

Liam has over 20 years experience as an LGBTIQA+ advocate and is the former Director Rainbow Health Victoria, La Trobe University. He has worked on LGBTIQA+ legislative reform, led the development of the world's first LGBTI-inclusive service accreditation program, the Rainbow Tick, and lectured and published widely on sexuality, gender studies and social policy. More recently, Liam has worked with the GAD Pod researching and developing training on LGBTI people's experiences of disaster and the impacts of COVID-19 on Victoria's family violence primary prevention workforce and LGBTI people's intimate and familial relationships. 

Steve O’Malley AFSM, Fire Rescue Victoria

Steve O’Malley is a Leading Firefighter and Diversity and Inclusion Officer with Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV). He has been an operational Firefighter for more than 32 years and is a graduate in the study of Human Rights. Steve is a Board and Honorary Life Member of Women and Firefighting Australasia (WAFA), a foundation member of the Emergency Management Victoria ‘Gender and Disaster’ taskforce and an FRV Family Violence Contact Officer. Steve is a long-standing presenter and advocate for prevention of violence against women and gender equity.


Webinar Host:

Amanda Leck, AIDR Executive Director


Who should attend?

Anyone with a role or interest (paid or voluntary) in supporting disaster recovery is welcome to attend.
Recovery Matters webinars will assist people who are newer to recovery to learn from experts as they get up-to-speed with good practice, and more experienced recovery workers to build, refresh and reflect on their practice as applied in current circumstances.

Are you interested in sharing your expertise?

Please email to register your interest in speaking at a future Recovery Matters webinar.