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Life Matters talks 2009 bushfire recovery

By: Leith Hillard

Category: Health & Safety

  9.40 AM 30 November, 2016

Location: General

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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.

Listen to the program here.


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Last Updated: 30 November 2016