Approach to care – natural disasters course

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) has announced an “Approach to Care – Natural Disasters” course. This course will introduce health professionals to the health and psychosocial issues associated with environmental disasters and the role they can play in responding to these issues.

ACRRM support for college members

The Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine (ACRRM) has provided information and recourses for its college members affected by the bushfires.

Accommodation and transport support for bushfire-affected rural patients

The NSW Government has announced further support measures for rural patients impacted by bushfires by broadening the criteria for the Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS).

The IPTAAS  provides subsidies for transport and accommodation expenses incurred while travelling for specialist medical treatment.

Natural disaster and emergency primary health workforce response

RDN and partner organisations are coordinating a response to provide General Practice and primary health care workforce support to areas of NSW affected by natural disasters. 

We are seeking expressions of interest from healthcare professionals who can provide assistance and relief in communities.

There are two critical periods for workforce support. Firstly, the emergency response period (January and February) and secondly the recovery period (February through to December 2020). Your consideration of availability for both these periods is appreciated.

Mental health support measures announced for individuals affected by the bushfire crisis

The Australian Government has announced a new mental health support program for Australians affected by the bushfire crisis. The measure will ensure people have access to coordinated and tailored support they need to recover from the effects of the 2019–20 bushfires, including access to on the ground counselling and mental health support.

 

Farmers Community Connect events throughout NSW

The Rapid Relief Team (RRT) is holding Farmers Community Connect events throughout NSW to support farmers, including providing mental health support.

Find a Farmers Community Connect event in your area by visiting the Rapid Relief Team’s Facebook page.

Keeping mental health in check during this bushfire season

Even if you’re not directly affected by the fires this season, the devastation can still have an impact on your mental health.

Clinical Psychologist, David Younger who works with disaster affected communities says it’s important to have some down time away from the news.

He gave ABC’s Craig Hamilton a list of ways to look after yourself in these tough times.

North Coast PHN Bushfire response

The North Coast PHN has developed a bushfire response resource for people in the Mid North Coast and northern NSW. The website includes a Primary Care Services Directory, changes to local practice and pharmacy opening hours and links to mental health support.

Visit the site

RACGP information for GPs impacted by bushfires

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has provided helpful resources for GPs whose practices and communities have been affected by bushfires.

Visit the RACGP website

NSW bushfires assistance

Assistance is available for those who have experienced a loss of income or been adversely affected as a direct result of the NSW bushfires in August, September, October and November 2019.

Visit the Department of Human Services website for more information.