Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) is a proud partner of the University of Melbourne’s 10 Years Beyond Bushfires report . The report, which has recently been released, provides insights into how people are managing 10 years on from the 2009 Victorian bushfires.
The 2009 bushfires in Victoria, including the widely known as ‘Black Saturday’, were one of Australia’s major disasters which led to tragic loss of life and caused far-reaching damage to the Victorian landscape and local communities.
The report is a continuation of the original Beyond Bushfires study which was conducted to examine the impacts of the 2009 bushfires on the mental health and wellbeing of impacted community members.
The same people who participated 10 years ago were contacted to trace their experiences over time. The report reveals that ten years on, the impacts of the 2009 bushfires continue to be felt.
The report will continue to build an understanding of the longer-term recovery and the ongoing impacts of those affected by disasters.
The study will continue to be used to improve emergency recovery policy, planning, and services across Victoria and beyond.
The study was undertaken by the University of Melbourne in partnership with community members and a range of community, academic, government, emergency, and health agencies.
Please note the topics within the report may be sensitive to some people. Please seek support if needed, including services such as:
Beyond Blue: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/
1800 Respect: https://www.1800respect.org.au/