Health and Wellbeing

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Bushfire Recovery Assistance Fact Sheet

Here you will find a summary of assistance measures available to support people affected by bushfires. These are aimed at providing for immediate and short-term needs, to support recovery from the bushfires across NSW.

Access it here.

Looking after yourselves and loved ones

Ask Izzy is a great online resource to find community services. https://askizzy.org.au/

How are you feeling? Mental Health tools

The following tools can be used to support mental health following a disaster but are not intended to replace the support of trained professionals. If you need immediate support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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How are you going?

1-page tool to assess your mental health and steps to address it.

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Taking care of yourself after a natural disaster

2- page tool outlining what you can do to take care of yourself and your mental health following a natural disaster with a list of helpful contacts.

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Looking after yourself and your family after a disaster

28- page booklet to help adults understand reactions you, or someone you know may be experiencing. It includes practical advice, numbers to calls and websites to visit for extra information and support.

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Preparing to return home after a bushfire

4- page document with practical and emotional considerations to help you prepare to return to your home following a bushfire. Additional links are provided within the document.

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Talking with children after an emergency

1-page document with simple advice to help you talk to your children about an emergency.

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After the emergency- a booklet for kids

24-page book to help kids cope with emergencies.

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Birdie and the fire- a story for kids

An online story for young children about recovering from fires.

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Red Cross- information for communities

The Red Cross provides a number of great resources to help you look after yourself and others. It is common to feel upset. It’s important to talk to people you trust about how you are feeling and take extra care of yourself. Acknowledge that you have been through a highly stressful event and notice how you are feeling. Try and get good sleep and rest, eat good food and try to make time for things that make you feel safe.

You can find additional resources at: https://www.redcross.org.au/

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You can access the Red Cross fact sheet- info for communities, parents and caregivers after a distressing event has happened.


Assistance for Landholders

Developed by the National Farmers’ Federation and funded by the Commonwealth Government, FarmHub is a one-stop shop for details on assistance with fodder, water, transport, everyday living expenses, health and more. Bushfire assistance contacts and resources are being updated regularly – farmhub.org.au/live-bushfire-assistance-key-contacts/.


Property Hazards Following a Bushfire

Houses, sheds, and other buildings or structures that are burnt in a bushfire can leave potential health and safety hazards in the remaining rubble and ash.

Please read the information on property hazards following a bushfire before returning to your property here: https://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/resource-library/property-hazards-following-a-bushfire-fact-sheet


Recovery and support numbers

Red Cross 1800 Red Cross – 1800 733 276

Salvation Army. Emergency Relief Team 1300 371 288

Vinnies  Emergency Relief Support 1300794 054


This information is current as at 17 January 2020

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