Disasters: Victorian bushfires

On this page are a range of resources for use by principals, teachers, school support staff, parents and others working in schools affected by the devastating Victorian bushfires in February 2009.

Resources are evidence-informed and have been developed by respected experts from Victoria and elsewhere in Australia. They provide core knowledge that accurately addresses specific needs and aspects of recovery from the impact of the bushfires. Some resources have been developed by relevant health and education organisations.

About the Project

Following the Victorian bushfires in 2009 the Australian Government funded ACATLGN to work with other stakeholders and provide support and training for schools affected by the Victorian bushfires in 2009. The aim of this initiative was to promote the mental health and wellbeing, along with the psychosocial and learning outcomes of children and youth in the context of school settings. ACATLGN worked with the Victorian Government, Principals Australia and other stakeholders to deliver programs and resources to affected schools and its principals, teachers and support staff.

ACATLGN resources

General Practitioner guide for management of mental health and related consequences in the Victorian bushfires (pdf , 1.82 MB)

These guidelines were designed to assist general practitioners working in primary care after the Victorian bushfires. They are relevant to other natural disasters where people are exposed to life threatening stressors and losses. 

Guide for health professionals working in primary care: Supporting children, young people and their families affected by the Victorian bushfires (pdf , 150.17 KB)

These guidelines were designed to assist health professionals working in primary care after the Victorian bushfires. They are relevant to other natural disasters where people are exposed to life threatening stressors and losses.

Understanding and managing anniversary reactions: Tips for families affected by bushfires (pdf , 469.56 KB)

A 3-page practice summary containing information about anniversaries and memorials, including suggestions on how parents and carers might talk to their children about their feelings.

Other resources

Evaluation of the psychosocial response to the Victorian bushfires final report

Department of Human Services, Victoria
This report brings together a wealth of information regarding the range of services implemented in response to the psychosocial support needs of people affected by the fires and the capacity building initiatives aimed at ensuring the workforce was skilled and well supported.

Supporting recovery for children and young people - For parents and carers (pdf , 136.49 KB)

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria
This resource outlines ways that children can be supported following the Victorian bushfires.

Updated:  23 July 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director ACATLGN/Page Contact:  Director ACATLGN