Journal article

Children and young people's wellbeing post-disaster: Safety and stability are critical

L Gibbs, K Block, L Harms, C MacDougall, E Baker, G Ireton, D Forbes, J Richardson, E Waters

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DISASTER RISK REDUCTION | ELSEVIER | Published : 2015

Abstract

Children, young people and parents from communities affected by the February 2009 bushfires in Victoria, Australia, were interviewed four to five years post-fires as part of the Beyond Bushfires research study. Participant-guided mobile methods were used, in conjunction with interviews, with 35 people aged 4-66 years, to explore their current sense of place and community. Analysis of their stories revealed how children and young people sought safety and stability in the aftermath of a disaster experience in their home, school, social, recreational and work environments. For some families, this was a significant factor in a decision to move away from affected communities, whereas for others t..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council Linkage Grant


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors gratefully acknowledge the generosity of the research participants in sharing their time and experiences. The following study investigators and partners, although not authors on this paper, are also acknowledged for their substantial contribution to the development of the Beyond Bushfires study: Professor Richard Bryant, Professor Philippa Pattison, Dr Dean Lusher, Dr Colin Gallagher, Vikki Sinnott and Connie Kellett. This study is funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant (LP100200164) including financial and in-kind contributions from Linkage partners-Department of Health, Australian Red Cross, Australian Rotary Health, Centrelink, Australian Centre for Post traumatic Mental Health, and six Primary Care Partnerships: Central Hume, Bendigo Loddon, North East, Outer East, Central West Gippsland, Lower Hume. Additional salary support for Lisa Gibbs and Elizabeth Waters from the Jack Brockhoff Foundation is also acknowledged.