About Us

10 Years Beyond Bushfires is a continuation of the Beyond Bushfires research which  will provide insight into how people are managing 10 years on from the 2009 bushfires and build an understanding of the long term experiences of those affected by disasters.

What we have found from the original Beyond Bushfires study has been incredibly important. The findings are being used to improve emergency recovery planning and services across Australia and internationally, and they have even been shared by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

We know that 10 years on from the 2009 fires, the impacts continue to be felt by many. However, these long-term experiences are not as well-understood or as well-researched as short-term recovery.

In response to this gap in knowledge, the State Government, Emergency Management Victoria and Australian Red Cross have provided funding for the 10 Years Beyond Bushfires study.

The study will involve another round of surveys in 2019. We will be contacting the same people who participated last time, so that we can trace people's experiences over time.

This research aims to capture a range of different experiences. For this reason, the study includes residents from communities that were selected for diversity on a range of factors including level of bushfire impact, demographics, community size and location. It was the inclusion of people with many different experiences that made the Beyond Bushfires research findings
so strong and influential.

Original study participants who agreed to be recontacted will receive a letter between April and June 2019.

If you would like to learn more about this research, please contact Phoebe Quinn (phoebeq@unimelb.edu.au) or Lisa Gibbs (lgibbs@unimelb.edu.au).

Summary of Beyond Bushfires findings

A brief summary of the original Beyond Bushfires findings is available here and an overview report published in 2016 is available here.

10 Years Beyond Bushfires Research Team

The study has brought together a multidisciplinary team of leading international researchers with expertise in mental health, trauma, recovery, social networks, community and family health, child research, policy, and emergency services.