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When the bushfire smoke clears, who will step up for action on climate change?

When the bushfire smoke clears, who will step up for action on climate change?

The effects of the bushfires now causing so much trauma in south-eastern Australia will be felt for years to come. They will be felt by so many people, so many communities, and in so many ways. The evidence suggests that these sort of extreme events are going to become more common and more devastating as […]

Recovering from disasters: one GP’s journey after the Victorian bushfires

Recovering from disasters: one GP’s journey after the Victorian bushfires

In the aftermath of the terrible disasters that have struck our region this summer, what can we learn from the recovery of those affected by previous traumas? Dr Lachlan Fraser, a Victorian GP who was hit hard by the 2009 bushfires, has recently written of his own journey of recovery. Two years on from disaster, […]

Reporting on bushfires and other trauma is a health issue…for all concerned

Reporting on bushfires and other trauma is a health issue…for all concerned

In the past few days, I’ve swung between devouring stories of bushfire trauma and turning away from them, unable to bear any more. I read not only because I want to know but because I feel I ought to. There is a duty to attempt to understand something of what people are experiencing and suffering. […]