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Bushfire Recovery Program

The Bushfire Recovery Program aims to increase access and reduce barriers to mental health support services in response to the 2019-20 bushfires.

Bushfire Recovery Program Gippsland

Bushfire Counselling

The aim of the bushfire counselling program, delivered in partnership by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) and Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV), is to provide 10 free evidence-based counselling sessions to individuals and/or families who have been impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires in East Gippsland.

Services are provided either face-to-face (in Bushfire Recovery Hubs or Quantum Bairnsdale) or via a secure telehealth platform to improve accessibility.

Child (0 – 11 years) counselling is also available in this program in collaboration with a telehealth paediatrician, where appropriate.

For direct referral into the service:

Expansion of mental health services in East Gippsland – Orbost Regional Health

The purpose of this program is to provide low-intensity, short to medium term mental health support to individuals and families impacted by the 2019/20 bushfires.

The primary locations of service delivery are Orbost and Bonang, with a focus on adult and elderly populations in both areas.

The service is delivered by a combination of mental health nurses and a social worker who provide support at the Orbost Regional Health Medical Clinic and outreach services to the local Bush Nursing Centres.

For direct referral into this service:

Additional headspace services – headspace Bairnsdale

The aim of this service is to manage and service the increased demand at headspace Bairnsdale to support young people (12 – 25 years) affected by the 2019-20 bushfires.

The program consists of outreach Youth Access Workers and a Community Engagement Officer who provide evidence-based care, support school wellbeing departments, and promote the service in engaging and creative ways.

For direct referral into this service:

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