Call for Abstracts

This year's theme 'Looking forward, looking back: Shaping the new norm' alludes to the ever changing cultural landscape of our Emergency Services. Delegates will be able to reflect on their own career journey as they listen to quality speakers who will inspire and influence each of us to contemplate how as individuals we can have a role in shaping where our sector is heading into the future.

The board of WAFA is currently calling for abstracts for presentations at the conference. As a guide, topics may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Leadership
  • Resilience
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Gender Equity
  • Your personal career journey
  • Promotional pathways
  • Shaping the new norm

Abstract submissions are due by COB Friday 18 May 2018.

To find out more, including abstract submission guidelines, please click here.

Click here to submit an abstract.

2018 WAFA Award Nominations

Outstanding Contribution by a Female Firefighter

This award is designed to show the appreciation, dedication and congratulations to a woman working in the Fire and Emergency Services industry who has:
  • demonstrated consistent leadership;
  • encouraged and supported the development of women;
  • been an inspirational role model;
  • given selflessly of themselves in support of their community; or
  • shown unwavering dedication to our industry.

Youth Leadership Award

This award recognises a young woman (16-20 years) who is a volunteer in the fire and emergency services industry who has demonstrated strong and consistent leadership and a commitment to the safety of their community.

Male Champion Award

Without our male colleagues supporting and encouraging us, our ability to influence the industry would be a lot harder. This award recognises a male champion within our industry who has:

  • consistently mentored and coached women;
  • created, provided and actively promoted a work environment that supports the inclusion of women; or
  • consistently advocated for diversity and inclusion within their organisation or the industry as a whole.

Member Organisation 'Diversity, Fairness and Inclusion' Award

WAFA recognises that all organisations are striving to be proactive in the Diversity and Inclusion space. This award recognises an organisation's effort and dedication to diversity and inclusion through programs and initiatives which have produced tangible results.

Award nominations are due by COB Friday 18 May 2018 and will be presented at the Conference Gala Dinner.

To find out more, please click here.

Click here to make a nomination.

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