Anglesea

Survive and Thrive

Aim

The Survive and Thrive program, led by the Anglesea Fire Brigade and Anglesea Primary school aims to teach children about bushfire behaviour and how to live in a bushfire risk environment. The Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program provided initial support in the planning of the program and in research and evaluation. University of Melbourne School of Engineering also provided environmental sensors and monitoring equipment for use in the program.

Project Summary

The assessment of the Anglesea Survive and Thrive program was a small pilot study of the children’s understanding of bushfire behaviour before and after the program. When fires threatened their coastal town the following summer, it was also possible to investigate how children applied their learnings – a vary rare contribution to the disaster risk reduction evidence.

The findings showed increased capacity to respond safely to a bushfire event, increased sense of safety in their school environment, and in some cases children described how they made a contribution to their family’s response to the fire risk and evacuation procedures.

The first cohort of students has now graduated the Survive and Thrive Program at Anglesea Primary School and two other groups are currently in progress.

Project Team

  • A/Prof Lisa Gibbs
    A/Prof Lisa Gibbs, Jack Brockhoff Child Health & Wellbeing Program
  • Dr Karen Block
    Dr Karen Block, Jack Brockhoff Child Health & Wellbeing Program
  • Colin MacDougall
    Colin MacDougall, Jack Brockhoff Child Health & Wellbeing Program
  • Greg Ireton
    Greg Ireton, Jack Brockhoff Child Health & Wellbeing Program
  • Hannah Morrice
    Hannah Morrice, Jack Brockhoff Child Health & Wellbeing Program
  • Alana Pirrone
    Alana Pirrone, Jack Brockhoff Child Health & Wellbeing Program

Partners

  • Jamie McKenzie
    Jamie McKenzie, Country Fire Authority
  • Emma Taunt
    Emma Taunt, Country Fire Authority
  • Allison Kealy
    Allison Kealy, Melbourne School of Engineering, University of Melbourne
Contact Name
Lisa Gibbs
Email
lgibbs@unimelb.edu.au