The recent devastating fires have so alarmingly impacted on lives, communities, families and livelihoods from across areas including north east, south east Victoria and south east NSW. With these fires occurring so tragically early in the Bushfire season, the HWPCP (with support from our partners - Bendigo Loddon Primary Care Partnership, Lower Hume Primary Care Partnership, Mitchell Shire Council, City of Whittlesea and Sunbury Community Health) is keen to provide our local organisations (Social Support, Health, Local Government, Education and Child and Family Services and others) with timely and accurate bushfire and trauma informed information. Understanding the immediate and longer-term impact of disaster related trauma on survivors is vital. So too is the recognition of the effects these recent tragic events can also have on survivors from earlier local or even overseas, disaster events.
Supporting and resourcing organisations with new and updated information (especially when understood through the lens of family violence, gender and culture) enables staff to continue to ‘hold’ and supportive awareness of the dynamic influence trauma has on people into the future. For everyone at the HWPCP, this has been the primary objective of this resource listing. Recognising and respecting what these current fire events may mean for past 2009 Black Saturday communities, needs to be both ongoing and caring. In practical terms - supporting staff from local services with a selection of key documents and links from ‘beyond the fires’ and mental wellbeing through to bushfire readiness and emergency planning information, is a crucial preventative community initiative.
Please understand that this resource compilation doesn’t seek to be a definitive listing of all resources but rather a selected set of key documents and websites. So please, we welcome your feedback and recommendations for additional service and research information. Here is the link to the HWPCP Bushfire Support & Information 2020 resource.