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Men on Black Saturday: Risks and opportunities for change

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What about the Men?WHGNE researchers in partnership with Monash Injury Research Institute (MIRI) spoke with 32 men who experienced the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires to inform future disaster planning.

The research on men’s experiences of health and wellbeing during and after Black Saturday evolved from concerns from women and workers about men’s coping, or not coping, after Black Saturday. There is a lack of information in this area globally and nationally, and current disaster risk management practices do not incorporate a specific focus on men in their work with disaster resilience.

Despite the visible devastation wrought by Black Saturday, the full extent of the bushfire impact is often not fully recognised immediately or in the months following such a disaster. While much has been said about men, this research gave men the opportunity to speak about their own experiences.

PICTURED : 'On a Clear Day' by Syd Tunn

PDF FileMen on Black Saturday printed version (Vols 1 and 2)
File Size 1.1MB

PDF FileVol. 1 Executive Summary and Recommendations
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Disaster Impacts can be long-lasting

PDF FileVol. 2 The Men’s Accounts
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PDF FileVol. 3 Men, Masculinity, Disaster: A Literature Review
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PDF FileAppendices
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PDF FileSnapshot
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PDF FileA postcard is available and copies can be posted upon request to WHGNE
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2013 Conference: ‘Just ask: Experiences of men after disaster’

On November 26th, 2013 the key learnings and recommendations from the ‘Men on Black Saturday’ research was launched at the ‘Just ask’ Conference in Melbourne.

The 2013 conference brought together representatives from the emergency management sector, the Federal, State and Local Governments, and other key organisations. The aim of the conference was to inform responses to men in future disasters, and is premised on the belief that if men can be helped in a more effective and timely way post-disaster, adverse consequences for themselves and the women and children around them will be reduced.

The Conference Just Ask Program Handbook can be viewed here.

Filmed Conference proceedings available. Click here to see Dr Elaine Enarson, Prof. Bob Pease, launch of the Men on Black Saturday research, Sharon, Andrew Wilson-Annan, and the Panel, with introduction by Deputy Police Commissioner, Specialist Operations, Graham Ashton.


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