Resources for people in bushfire-affected communities

Monday, 6 January 2020
fire fighting helicopter over smokey bush fire

Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by the recent bushfires across the country and we acknowledge all of those who are working hard, either in a professional or volunteer capacity, to respond to the fires.

Below is some information from Alliance members and the health sector that may be helpful to anybody living or working in fire-affected communities. This includes specific resources or information for practitioners, general health advice, and messages of support.

The Alliance also strongly recognises the link between climate change and the severity of extreme weather events. We continue to call for the creation of a National Climate and Health Strategy and for urgent action reduce emissions. The position statement can be viewed here.

 

General resources and information

National Rural Health Alliance – Rural and remote mental health help sheet

Department of Health – Advice for approved pharmacists supplying medicines to patients in areas affected by natural disasters, including bushfires – December 2019

Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation - Bushfire disaster information
Australian Medical Association - New health threats from escalating bushfire crisis

CRANAplus Psychological Support Line - open 24/7 to the rural and remote health workforce and their families - 1800 805 391

Services for Rural and Remote Allied Health - Information and links for those affected by the bushfires

 

Mental health

Australian Psychological Society – Recovering from bushfires

Australian Psychological Society – Preparing children for the threat of bushfires

Australian Psychological Society – Preparing for bushfires

The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists – Concern for communities as fires ravage south eastern Australia

Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network – Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing this New Year

Beyond Blue - Looking after yourself after a disaster

Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health - Coping with the Impact of Bushfire

Black Dog Institute - Coping with the stress of the bushfires

 

Resources for specific groups or areas

Murray Primary Health Network – Bushfire information and support 

HESTA - Bushfire support information for members

 

How to help

SBS News - Here's how you can help the victims of Australia's devastating bushfire crisis

Hands on Health Australia - East Gippsland bushfires - can you help?

 

Smoke and air quality

Optometry Australia - What to do when smoke gets in your eyes 

Centre for Air pollution, energy and health Research - Bushfire smoke factsheet

Australian National University - How to protect yourself and others from bushfire smoke

 

Social services

ACOSS - Getting Help, Helping or Getting Prepared during the 2019/2020 Bushfire Emergency

Department of Human Services - Bushfires

 

Communications

ACCAN - Telco bushfire response

 

Food safety

Food Standards Australia New Zealand - Food safety in an emergency