Beyond Bushfires

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The 10 years Beyond Bushfires report was launched as part of the AIDR Recovery Matters Webinar Series on Tuesday 30th of March 2021. Key learnings of the study and recommendations for communities, schools, government, and service providers were presented.

Watch the launch webinar

The AIDR Recovery Matters Webinar series has  also featured the 10 Years Beyond Bushfires report in subsequent webinars:

Post-traumatic growth: Exploring the 10 Years Beyond Bushfires Report

Mental health recovery after disaster: Exploring the 10 Years Beyond Bushfires Report

Social Networks and Disaster Resilience: Exploring the 10 Years Beyond Bushfires Report

10 Years Beyond Bushfires is a continuation of the Beyond Bushfires research which provides 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 involved another round of surveys in 2019. We contacted the same people who participated last time, so that we traced people's experiences over time. This research captured 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.

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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.

A full list of publications associated with Beyond Bushfires and our broader Beyond Disasters program of research is available here.

Recovery Capitals (ReCap)

The Beyond Bushfires findings also feature in the Guide to Disaster Recovery Capitals from the Recovery Capitals (ReCap) project.

Prof Lisa Gibbs discusses both projects in this video.

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.

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We gratefully acknowledge our funding partners: Emergency Management Victoria, Australian Red Cross and Victorian Department of Health and Human Services

Other partner organisations include Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, Municipal Association Victoria, Social Recovery Reference Group, and the Social Research Centre.