Empowering Australians with disability to prepare for natural disasters

Wednesday 12 September 2018

Minister for Police and Minister for Emergency Services, the Hon. Troy Grant MP and Disability Discrimination Commissioner Mr Alastair McEwin today launched a new toolkit designed to increase the resilience of people with disability to disaster and natural hazard emergencies.

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ABC News

The University of Sydney news

2018 Connecting Communities Conference : Masterclasses

Wednesday 5 September 2018

Masterclass 2 - Disaster Resilient Community Services

9.30am – 2.30pm (Includes morning tea and light lunch)

Why should we plan and prepare for disasters? Disaster events such as storms, floods, bushfire and heatwave are becoming more frequent and more severe. Community service organisations have a key role in local communities developing community connections, supporting those at most risk, and building resilience. Building resilience to disasters with your clients and community is a continuous process that CSOs can engage through all stages – from planning and preparing to community recovery.

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Community Matters

Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness (PCEP): A Process Tool and Framework for Enabling Disaster Preparedness with People with Chronic Health Conditions and Disability

PREPARE NSW is funded under the Community Resilience Innovation Program, Office of Emergency Management, NSW Department of Justice. This program is part of the NSW and Commonwealth governments’ National Partnership Agreement – Natural Disaster Resilience Program.

The overall aim is to design a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) module that will develop capacity of NDIS disability support and NSW Community health providers in person-centred emergency preparedness and planning.

This Project brings together knowledge and experience from the emergency management, health and disability sectors to design an online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) module on person-centred planning with people with disability and chronic health conditions in the community.

The online CPD module will enable disability and health providers to learn about natural hazard emergency preparedness and apply that learning to person-centred planning with people they support in the community.

A Working Group consisting of members from the emergency management, disability, and health sectors will contribute their knowledge, experience, and expertise to co-design the CPD module and evaluate its utility in practice. The CPD module will be field tested in two Local Government Areas (LGA): Mid North Coast LGA and Blue Mountains City Council LGA and will invite involvement from other LGAs.

Advisory committee membership will bring state wide knowledge, expertise and innovation to ensure the CPD module is suitable for state wide implementation.

Project Team

Principal Investigator - Michelle Villeneuve

Co Investigator - Prof. Gwynnyth Llewellyn

For information about the project contact Michelle Villeneuve at

Overview of our Participatory Methodology


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