Supporting recovery from bushfires six months on


Six months after a bushfire or major emergency is often a major milestone for impacted communities. It’s when people start to realise there is still so much recovery work to do, which can lead to fatigue.

Clinical Psychologist David Younger is currently working with bushfire affected communities across Gippsland providing a series of free, open-door community discussions.

The first two sessions have taken place in Labertouche and Drouin with more upcoming sessions planned for other areas in Gippsland. All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Session details

Upcoming sessions will run from 6.30pm – 9.00pm on:

  • Friday 20 September at Moe Library
  • Thursday 26 September at Rawson Cricket Club

David Younger has worked closely with a number of Victorian communities recovering from bushfires and natural disasters since 2009. He is a consultant psychologist to the Department of Health and Human Services and is a trauma and disaster recovery expert.

All community members are also encouraged to consider accessing other the free support on offer in the region.

The bushfire case support program, established by the Victorian Government, continues to help people navigate the support services available.

To date, the program has worked with over 730 households. Community members can access mental health services; family violence support; and services for repairing and rebuilding damaged properties.

The bushfire case support program can be accessed by phone on 1800 560 760.

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