Journal article

Stressors and Supports in Postdisaster Recovery: Experiences After the Black Saturday Bushfires

Louise Harms, Lisa Gibbs, Greg Ireton, Colin MacDougall, Kate Brady, Lauren Kosta, Karen Block, Elyse Baker, H Colin Gallagher, Connie Kellett, David Forbes, Richard Bryant

AUSTRALIAN SOCIAL WORK | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

Many studies show that long-term poor mental health outcomes for disaster-affected people are predicted by postdisaster stressors. Despite this finding, existing recovery frameworks vary in how these stressors are conceptualised. This paper examines community members’ subjective perceptions of what they found problematic and useful in their recoveries after the Australian 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, and considers them in the light of these frameworks. We report the findings from responses to semi-structured survey questions as part of the Beyond Bushfires study, 3–4 years after these bushfires (n =811). Participants identified the biggest problems as managing rebuilding processes and mana..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant [LP100200164] including financial and in-kind contributions from Linkage partners Victorian Department of Health, Australian Red Cross, Australian Rotary Health, Australian Government Department of Human Services (Centrelink), and Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health; and six Primary Care Partnerships: Central Hume, Bendigo Loddon, North East, Outer East, Central West Gippsland, and Lower Hume. Additional salary support from the Jack Brockhoff Foundation is also acknowledged.