Mental health resources and support for health professionals, first responders and community

Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health has developed a range of resources to support health professionals, first responders and community members affected by the bushfires.

How to protect yourself and others from bushfire smoke

The Australian National University’s Research School of Population Health has provided helpful information for health professionals and community members on how to protect yourself and others from bushfire smoke, including identifying those who are at a higher risk of complications from smoke exposure.

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.


RACGP’s managing emergencies in general practice guide

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) managing emergencies in general practice guide aims to assist practices to prepare, respond and recover from disasters and emergencies in Australia.

Bushfire psychological preparation and recovery from the Australian Psychological Society

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has put together a range of resources to help Australians prepare and recover from the threat of bushfire, including managing emotional distress and looking after children who have been affected by bushfires.

Updated Air Quality Index data

Air quality across NSW may be affected by extensive smoke from bushfires. To ensure your safety and the safety of your patients, refer to the Department of Planning, Industry & Environment’s Air Quality Index (AQI) data which is updated hourly.

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.

National Bushfire Recovery Agency information

The Australian Government’s National Bushfire Recovery Agency was established on 6 January 2020 to lead and coordinate a national response to rebuilding communities affected by bushfires across large parts of Australia.

Disaster Recovery Allowance for NSW bushfire-affected individuals

The Australian Government Department of Human Services is providing support for individuals who can show they lost income as a direct result of the NSW bushfires in August 2019 through to January 2020, through the Disaster Recovery Allowance.