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Life Matters talks 2009 bushfire recovery
Looking back to the February 2009 bushfires, Radio National's Life Matters program spoke to Associate Professor Lisa Gibbs, Director of the Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program at the University of Melbourne and Jason Gaffee Kinglake police officer.
Six years since the devastating Black Saturday bushfires, a new report on the recovery process identifies communication as vital both during and after the event.
The six-year Beyond Bushfires study found one in four people from high-impact areas involved in Black Saturday suffered mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, severe psychological distress or depressions, four years after the event.
It recommends that a communication register be set up to include survivors who moved away from their bushfire-ravaged communities and those who lived elsewhere but lost loved ones in the fires.
If you or someone you know needs help, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Headspace on 1800 650 890.
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