Beyond Bushfires: Community, Resilience and Recovery

Project Details

Beyond Bushfires is a five-year study led by the University of Melbourne working with a range of partners. These partners consist of Australian Red Cross, Victorian Department of Health, Australian Rotary Health, Centrelink, Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, Multiple Universities, and some Victorian Primary Care Partnerships. The findings will be fed directly to these partners for knowledge regarding future policies and practices of disasters. 

This study explores the medium to longer term impacts after the Victorian 2009 bushfires through community members' social networks, mental and physical health, wellbeing, life satisfaction and community hope. These measures will be analysed at an individual and community level. 

Communities are included from a range of bushfire affectedness, to explore the differences between these, with information being collected through surveys, interviews, focus groups and community visits. Over 1,000 participants completed surveys in 2012, who will be followed up in 2014 and, depending on further funding, again in 2016. Over 2013 and 2014, in-depth interviews and focus groups have taken place to explore participants' experiences over time and attitudes to place and community. The research team is also carrying out community visits during the whole study to share information with community members and gain a better understanding of local conditions and issues.


Australian Research Council Linkage Project

Research Publications

Key publications arising from our research include:

Research Group

Child and Community Wellbeing Unit

School Research Themes

Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

Department / Centre

Centre for Health Equity

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