Creating a healthier, better connected Gippsland.

Supporting health in Gippsland communities through past, present and future disasters.

General Practitioners and Health Professionals working in the Gippsland PHN catchment are invited to join us for a light meal and a presentation from Dr Claire Leppold & Dr Colin Gallagher, Research Fellow/s at the Disaster Climate & Adversity Unit at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. A representative from the Victoria Department of Health will also be presenting on the upcoming bushfire season.

In this event, Claire and Colin will present research evidence on disaster recovery and public health impacts of disasters, drawing on international evidence and local evidence from Victoria. Their presentations will focus on information relevant for primary care providers, including:

  • What we know about recovery from the 2019-20 bushfires and the 2021 and 2022 floods in Victoria
  • Findings from the Community Recovery  (CORE) Study: Recovering from the 2019-2020 Bushfires project for Emergency Recovery Victoria (ERV)
  • The importance of access to primary healthcare after disasters
  • Compounding health risks of multiple disaster exposures, including long-term risks to mental health, physical health and wellbeing
  • Implications for practice: things to consider, things to look out for in practice

On completion of this event, participants should come away with:

  • Increased confidence in understanding research evidence on compound disasters, including risks to physical health and mental health
  • Understanding of the ways that the impacts of compound disasters may come up in primary healthcare settings
  • Understanding of the key principles of disaster recovery
  • Understanding of things to look out for in practice

The presentations will be followed by a Q&A / Discussion session. 

This is an opportunity for providers to ask any questions they have about research evidence on disasters and disaster recovery.