Resources for Health Pro­fes­sion­als in Drought and Bush­fire Affect­ed Communities

The social and emo­tion­al impact of the Aus­tralia drought and bush­fire cri­sis is far-reach­ing and affects every­one. Health pro­fes­sion­als, as the cor­ner­stone of com­mu­ni­ty sup­port, are expe­ri­enc­ing increased demand and a com­plex work­load. It is impor­tant that the men­tal health of these work­ers be at the fore­front of our mind at this time and we encour­age all these health pro­fes­sion­als to access support.

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Sup­port, Self-care and Coun­selling for Health Professionals:

CRANAplus Bush Sup­port Coun­selling Ser­vices is a free and con­fi­den­tial tele­phone coun­selling ser­vice for rur­al and remote area health pro­fes­sion­als and their fam­i­lies. Ph: 1800 805 391

Nurse & Mid­wife Support 24/7 Sup­port for nurs­es and mid­wives is only a phone call or a click away, no mat­ter where you are in Aus­tralia 1800 667 877 nmsup​port​.org​.au

NSW Rur­al Doc­tors Network #Rural­Health­To­geth­er is an ini­tia­tive of NSW Rur­al Doc­tors Net­work (RDN) to pro­vide rur­al health pro­fes­sion­als with self-care sup­port and access to men­tal health-relat­ed infor­ma­tion, both for them­selves and for their patients. Resources for Health Pro­fes­sion­als and their com­mu­ni­ties

Resources and Train­ing for Rur­al Health Professionals

Black Dog Insti­tute

eMH­Prac or e‑Mental Health in Prac­tice, is a suite of online train­ing mod­ules, webi­na­rs and e‑resources designed to intro­duce health pro­fes­sion­als to online pro­grams and tools, and to demon­strate how e‑mental health tech­nolo­gies can be inte­grat­ed into pri­ma­ry care. Free webi­nar Work­ing in Bush­fire Impact­ed Com­mu­ni­ties: tips for GPs and allied health pro­fes­sion­als. Expert Insights - Bush­fires, Trau­ma and Men­tal Health 

Phoenix­Aus­tralia Cen­tre for Post­trau­mat­ic Men­tal Health Phoenix pro­vides a range of resources, online train­ing, and treat­ment guide­lines for health prac­ti­tion­ers. Aus­tralian bush­fires men­tal health resources

Beyond Blue pro­vides a range of free resources and train­ing for health pro­fes­sion­als to enable pos­i­tive health out­comes for peo­ple expe­ri­enc­ing depres­sion, anx­i­ety and at risk of sui­cide. Men­tal Health for Health Ser­vices Work­ers

Aus­tralian Insti­tute for Dis­as­ter Resilience Knowl­edge Hub 

Aus­tralian Pri­ma­ry Health Care Nurs­es Asso­ci­a­tion (APNA) Bush­fire infor­ma­tion for pri­ma­ry health care professionals.

Nation­al Rur­al Health Alliance Resources for peo­ple in bush­fire-affect­ed communities 

RACGP Roy­al Aus­tralian Col­lege of Gen­er­al Practitioners Bush­fire infor­ma­tion for GPs 

Aus­tralian Psy­cho­log­i­cal Society Recov­er­ing from bushfires 

Emerg­ing Minds Emerg­ing Minds help health pro­fes­sion­als con­nect with bet­ter men­tal health sup­port and approach­es for infants, chil­dren and fam­i­lies. pri­ma­ry care.
Com­mu­ni­ty Trau­ma Toolk­it Sup­port­ing chil­dren after bushfires

PHN Pri­ma­ry Health Net­work: check out your local PHN web­site for links to local bush­fire, drought or dis­as­ter man­age­ment ser­vices and resources.

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Where to get help: Com­mu­ni­ty Resources For Peo­ple Affect­ed by Drought and Bushfires

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Bush­fire and drought have had a big impact on our emo­tion­al well­be­ing and men­tal health. This resource has been put togeth­er to pro­vide infor­ma­tion and sup­port for your­self, your fam­i­ly or some­one you are con­cerned about. There are many ways you can access help includ­ing over the phone, inter­net or face to face. This resource pro­vides a range of ideas for cri­sis coun­selling and sup­port and men­tal health treat­ment pro­grams that can be accessed by phone, as apps or online. These ser­vices are not just for peo­ple with a men­tal health diag­noses but are designed for any­one who is expe­ri­enc­ing prob­lems. Most of these ser­vices and resources are free and can be accessed anytime.

Cri­sis Sup­port and Counselling

  1. Life­line 24/7 phone cri­sis sup­port and coun­selling 13 11 14
  2. Beyond Blue Sup­port Ser­vice 1300 224636 Tele­phone (24 / 7), online and email counselling
  3. Sui­cide Call Back Ser­vice 1300 659 467 Nation­al 24/7 pro­fes­sion­al tele­phone and online coun­selling for any­one affect­ed by suicide.
  4. Mens Line Aus­tralia 1300 789978 Advice, therapy
  5. Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
  6. Farm­ers Assis­tance Hot­line 132316

e‑mental health programs

eMH­prac – has com­piled a direc­to­ry of Aus­tralian, evi­dence-based, free (or low-cost), pub­licly fund­ed dig­i­tal men­tal health pro­grams and resources

Head to Health brings togeth­er apps, online pro­grams, online forums, and phone ser­vices, as well as a range of dig­i­tal infor­ma­tion resources.

Beyond Blue pro­vides infor­ma­tion and sup­port to help every­one in Aus­tralia achieve their best pos­si­ble men­tal health. www​.beyond​blue​.org​.au They have a range of resources specif­i­cal­ly designed to sup­port indi­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies affect­ed by drought and bush­fire. Look­ing after your­self after a dis­as­ter. Drought: A cri­sis in more ways than one Bush­fires and men­tal health

Phoenix Aus­tralian Cen­tre of Post Trau­mat­ic Men­tal Health pro­motes recov­ery for the 15 mil­lion Aus­tralians affect­ed by trau­ma. They also have a range of resources to sup­port com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers affect­ed by the bushfires.

ifarmwell A free online tool kit to help farm­ers cope effec­tive­ly with life’s chal­lenges and get the most out of every day.

    Young Peo­ple

    Kids Helpline pro­vides tele­phone (24 / 7) and online (24 / 7) coun­selling for young peo­ple aged 5 to 25. You can talk about friends, boyfriends or girl­friends, prob­lems with par­ents or sib­lings, school (bul­ly­ing, home­work, teach­ers), sex, or any­thing at all. Call 1800 551 800 or vis­it. Nig­gle a well­be­ing app by Kids Helpline

    ehead­space pro­vides free online sup­port and coun­selling to young peo­ple 12 — 25 and their fam­i­lies and friends. Call 1800 650 890 or visit

    Rea​chOut​.com pro­vides prac­ti­cal tools, forums and infor­ma­tion for young peo­ple and their par­ents on a range of men­tal health topics.

    Black Dog Insti­tute Bite Back is a free online activ­i­ties, psy­choe­d­u­ca­tion and pos­i­tive psy­chol­o­gy aim­ing to pro­mote resilience and well­be­ing in young people.

    Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Islanders

    1. Head to Health
    2. iBob­bly – a well­be­ing and sui­cide pre­ven­tion app for young Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Islanders
    3. Nation­al Abo­rig­i­nal Com­mu­ni­ty Con­trolled Health Organ­i­sa­tion (NAC­CHO). Abo­rig­i­nal Com­mu­ni­ty Con­trolled Health Ser­vices and Abo­rig­i­nal Med­ical Ser­vices in each state and territory.
    4. Abo­rig­i­nal Health and Med­ical Research Coun­cil Self Care Toolkit
    5. MindSpot Indige­nous Well­be­ing A course for Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Islanders to learn to cope with anx­i­ety and depression