Beyond Bushfires: Community Resilience and Recovery

Beyond Bushfires: Community Resilience and Recovery is a five year study in partnership with community, government, emergency services and other service providers. This study, led by our Program, aims to profile the range of mental health, wellbeing and social responses to the Victorian 2009 bushfires over time. Multiple methodologies are being used to explore the medium to longer term impacts from the February 2009 bushfires and the interplay between individual and community factors.

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Community Centre in Steels Creek

We are very proud to announce that last week our Beyond Bushfires team had their protocol paper for the study published, detailing the study design and methodology. The multidisciplinary team and the contributions from government, agency and community partners ensures that we have a very strong, rigorous and respectful process for conducting the study and interpreting the findings from the mixed methods, including social network analysis, epidemiological and qualitative approaches. The team has rich and fruitful discussions at every meeting and the findings emerging are useful to policy, services and community alike. We are now in the process of sharing and discussing the emerging findings with community partners and plan to publish the initial findings shortly in academic journals.

 

Professor Elizabeth Waters

 

To read the paper click here: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/13/1036/

To learn more about the Beyond Bushfires study, click here: http://beyondbushfires.org.au/

Connect with Beyond Bushfires on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeyondBushfires

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BeyondBushfires

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