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10 years beyond bushfires report 15.07 MB

This report presents an overview of the key learnings in the 10 years since the bushfires 2009 Victorian bushfires.

Key findings:

  1. The results showed individual and community capacity to recover from a disaster experience and subsequent disruptions, and to adapt to changed lives and environments. There were many reports of post-traumatic growth, particularly for people from high impact communities.
  2. There was also evidence of extended impacts for many on mental health and wellbeing, especially for those who had to deal with other major life stressors.
  3. Elevated levels of anger and exposure to violence were also identified.
  4. Participants tended to be more positive about their own recovery after 10 years than the recovery of their community. 
  5. Particular recovery issues were identified for children, families and school communities, including potential long term academic impacts for students.
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