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You can help with fire safety study

By: Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC

Category: Community Safety, Planning & Research

  3.35 PM 7 June, 2013


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Volunteers are needed for a short bushfire preparedness survey for the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (CRC).

If you’re part of a couple and live in a bushfire-prone area in Victoria, you’re eligible to complete the anonymous survey and assist in this research. This includes CFA members, whose contribution is welcome.

The survey, undertaken by Bushfire CRC PhD student Mary Cadeddu, is investigating how relationship dynamics influence the bushfire preparations of couples. As part of her PhD studies at La Trobe University, Mary is seeking to gain an insight into understanding how couples arrive at their choices regarding long-term bushfire planning.

It is hoped that the research will present an insight into assisting couples and families in reaching a better understanding and awareness on their situation in relation to bushfire risk, and to positively affect the way they think and behave in emergency situations.

The survey is conducted via mail, should take around 20 minutes to complete, and specifically targets high bushfire risk areas in Victoria. Either member of a couple are invited to participate, both do not need to complete the survey together. Anonymity will be assured during all phases of the research.

Additionally, Mary is available to visit CFA brigades to discuss the research.

The overall findings from this research will be written-up in Mary’s PhD thesis, and may be presented at seminars, conferences, and published in reports to the Bushfire CRC or in professional scientific journals.

For more information and to receive a copy of the survey, contact Mary by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phoning 03 9479 1779.

This research has been approved the by La Trobe University’s Human Ethics Committee. The data from the study will be destroyed in a confidential manner at the end of 2020.

Last Updated: 07 June 2013