Education Monash Uni reseachers win award for their work in the wake of Black Saturday bushfires

Monash Uni reseachers win award for their work in the wake of Black Saturday bushfires

PhD candidates Ms Debra Parkinson of the School of Social Sciences and Ms Claire Zara of the Monash Injury Research Institute (MIRI) have been awarded a Resilient Australia Award for their project examining the impact of catastrophic disasters on the relationships between men and women.

The project aimed to pinpoint some of the risks associated with the aftermath of such events. The study was also an opportunity to influence policy change, in particular how authorities provide family support to victims of emergencies.

The research led to the creation of Australia’s first Gender and Disaster Taskforce, a group responsible for bring together senior leaders of key emergency service organisations, government departments, academics, women’s health sector, and community representatives. Backed by funding from Emergency Management Victoria and the Victoria Department of Human Services, the future of women’s health and policy change looks bright.

Sponsored by the Attorney General’s Department, the Resilient Australia Awards recognise and promote initiatives that support and strengthen communities across the nation.

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L-R: Claire Zara, Debra Parkinson, The Hon Michael Keenan MP, Minister for Justice, Susie Reid, Helen Riseborough at the Award presentation
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