In February 2019 Victorians will acknowledge the 10-year anniversary of the 2009 Victorian bushfires, one of the worst natural disasters our state has experienced.
Bushfires of 2009 Community Support Project
The Bushfires of 2009 Community Support Committee has formed in response to the approach of the 10th anniversary of the February 2009 bushfires.
The project has been funded by the Department of Health and Human Services in response to the possible need for increased community-based mental health, medical support and community capacity building - in Mitchell, Murrindindi, Yarra Ranges, Whittlesea and Nillumbik regions - in the lead up to, during, as well as after the commemorations of the 2009 bushfires.
Resources are available for all health professionals to support their practice with bushfire-trauma/mental health patient presentations, including self-care resources link.
PHN – Murry and Eastern Melbourne
Bushfires of 2009 Community Support flyer is available for circulation. Please promote widely across all organisations in our community link. A Counselling Services referral pathways document is available link. Note, the Eastern Melbourne PHN Referral and Access Team info link
DPV Health (formally Dianella & Plenty Valley Community Health) have increased the counselling and psychological services increased during this anniversary period. Refer to information sheet link
More information, support services and resources link