The current bushfire season is one of the worst on record. Disasters of this magnitude can have wide-reaching impacts on physical and mental health. For this reason, CEAT have compiled a list of resources about the best actions to take to keep yourself and your family safe this fire season.
Hazardous smoke from fires across the country has blanketed many communities, and as a result Canberra has had the world’s highest level of air pollution several times in recent weeks. The Australian National University (ANU) has a compiled a list of things you can do to reduce the risks associated with bushfire smoke.
Mental health and trauma
Bushfires have a major impact on the lives of children, families and communities, with the psychological effects being felt long afterwards. The ANU College of Health and Medicine has compiled an extensive list of resources for parents, carers, and teachers to assist in supporting children and adolescents affected by bushfires. Adults in need of emotional or psychological support are encouraged to contact Lifeline or Beyond Blue.
CSIRO have provided extensive information to assist in understanding bushfires and strategies to help manage their impact. You can read their full article to gain a better understanding of the causes and impacts of bushfires.
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