Get Ready, Plan Ahead project launch

QDN is working with the University of Sydney and the Gold Coast City Council to deliver the Get Ready, Plan Ahead project to support more Queenslanders with disability to begin planning for emergencies and disasters.

In 2019, QDN joined with a research team led by Associate Professor Michelle Villeneuve at The University of Sydney to co-design a peer-led approach to increase awareness about disaster risks and supporting tailored emergency preparedness through peer support. This has also included broader work with disability and community service providers, local councils and disaster management and emergency services. For more information on this work with our partners the Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA) and the Queensland government, click here.

Now in 2021,  QDN is partnering with the University of Sydney and Gold Coast City Council to undertake an action research pilot project to support up to 45 people with disability on the Gold Coast to develop their own individual disaster and emergency plan using the Australian designed Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness (PCEP) Toolkit and then link to local level disaster management planning.

Download the Person Centred-Emergency Preparedness (P-CEP) Workbook here.

People with disability are four times more likely to be affected by disasters than others. This has informed our work around supporting with people disability to make an emergency and disaster plan.  That is also why it’s so important for people with disability to be at the heart of all emergency preparedness and planning at a local and state level.

QDN will be holding two workshops in three locations on the Gold Coast for people with disability and their conversation partner (family, friends, or support workers) to help them start working on their emergency and disaster plan.  QDN is looking for people with disability who are interested in being part of both workshops in one of the three locations on the Gold Coast – Tugun, Southport or Ormeau in October and November 2021.

This project is jointly funded under the Commonwealth/State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

If this is something you or someone you know would like to be involved in, please contact Lisa Hateley at 1300 363 783 or via

phone 1300 363 783


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