Overview of Beyond Bushfires Study:
Beyond Bushfires is a five-year study led by the University of Melbourne in partnership with a range of others, including community, government, emergency, and service agencies (see the list of partners). This study is exploring the medium to long term impacts of the Victorian 2009 bushfires on individuals and communities. The communities selected for this study (see list of communities) have a range of bushfire experiences from low impact to high impact. In order to understand these impacts, the study is collecting information in multiple ways including: surveys, interviews, focus groups and community visits (over the study period). The study will look at impacts on residents such as mental health, wellbeing and social relationships, within selected communities. There were just over 1,000 participants who completed surveys in 2012, who will be followed up again in 2014 and, depending on further funding, again in 2016. Over 2013 and 2014, in-depth interviews and focus groups took place to explore participants' experiences over time and attitudes to place and community. The research team is also carrying out community visits throughout the whole study to share information with community members and gain a better understanding of local conditions and issues. This will help to direct the way the study is conducted locally and will also help to ensure the findings are accurate and have relevance to the communities involved. For detailed information about the study methodology refer to the study protocol paper (click here to view).
Beyond Bushfires Newsletter October 2015:
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The 2014 survey is now closed - thank-you to everyone who completed a second survey.
Gallagher, H C, Richardson, J, Forbes, D, Harms, L, Gibbs, L, Alkemade, N, MacDougall, C, Waters, E, Block, K, Lusher, D, Snowdon, E, Bryant, R. Mental health following separation in a disaster: The role of attachment style. Psychological Medicine. 2016. doi: 10.1002/jts.22071
Separation during disasters may have a lasting impact, even when there’s a happy ending. By Colin Gallagher and Karen Block
- Australian Red Cross
- Flinders University
- University of New South Wales
- Phoenix Australia: Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
- Victorian Department of Health
- Australian Rotary Health
- Federal Department of Human Services (Centrelink)
- Central West Gippsland Primary Care Partnership
- Bendigo Loddon Primary Care Partnership
- North East Primary Care Partnership
- Outer East Health and Community Support Alliance
- Lower Hume Primary Care Partnership
- Central Hume Primary Care Partnership
- Community Contacts from our selected areas