Recovering after being affected by a natural disaster can be a long and difficult process. As the acute and immediate effects of a disaster ease, many will continue to struggle in the longer term as life does not simply return ‘back to normal’ once the flood waters recede. There will be ongoing clean up, damage assessment, and rebuilding and repairs. Regular income can take some time to be restored. The emotional and mental health impact may be long lasting and it is important to seek support and assistance now.
We have provided some resources below of where to find help for specific areas after experiencing a natural disaster. You can also call us on 1300 244 910 between 8am-11pm AEDT everyday for confidential support.
If you are struggling emotionally or mentally after experiencing a disaster, please reach out. We have included some links to some organisations that have resources for specific areas of recovery on this page. Our Useful Links page has some links to general mental health support organisations, click here for more. You can also contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 if you are upset or in crisis, and remember to dial 000 for emergency services if you are unsafe or in danger.
Phoenix Australia has a wealth of information about dealing with the impact of trauma. Below are some helpful links related to coping with the aftermath of a disaster.
Disaster Mental Health Hub
Disaster Recovery Toolkits (for health practitioners)
This page has links to other resources for dealing with specific disasters and resources for coping with trauma.
Video: Anger in the aftermath of a disaster
Video: CRANA+ | Responding to disaster (for health practitioners)
Promoting Resilience & Recovery Trial
Regional and rural Victorians who have been emotionally impacted by bushfires, drought, or COVID-19 can access this free skills-based program aimed at promoting wellbeing and recovery. More information in the link below.
Beyond Blue is a great resource for any issues that are causing you emotional or mental distress. It might be helpful to browse through the website, and they also have a helpline you can call for support.
This page ‘Natural disasters and your mental health’ has some specific advice for coping with a disaster.
The Australian Government National Recovery and Resilience Agency has also provided a list of resources and support. They have a helpful map tool available where you can search by area for disaster recovery services and support: click here to visit the map tool.
|Information about the different Disaster Recovery payments available here.|
There is also support available for New Zealanders affected by floods.
|Storm and flood assistance for businesses (NSW)||www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/storm-and-flood-assistance-businesses|
|Mental Health Support (NSW)||www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/storm-and-flood-assistance-businesses/mental-health-support|
|The February and March 2022 storm and flood disaster recovery small business grant – application information (NSW)||www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-february-and-march-2022-storm-and-flood-disaster-recovery-small-business-grant|
|QLD and NSW Floods – support and funding||recovery.gov.au/queensland-and-new-south-wales-floods-0#/map|
|Resilience NSW – Helping communities rebuild and recover after natural disasters like floods, droughts and bushfires.||www.nsw.gov.au/resilience-nsw|
|2022 Flood Recovery (QLD) – resources and funding information||www.qld.gov.au/alerts|
|Support and funding for Queenslanders||www.qld.gov.au/alerts/i-need-help/floodhelp|
|QLD and NSW Floods – support and funding||recovery.gov.au/queensland-and-new-south-wales-floods-0#/map|
|Fact Sheet: Queensland Floods Practitioner Tips||www.phoenixaustralia.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Queensland-Floods-Practitioner-Self-care-Tip-Sheet-no-contact.pdf|
|Northern Queensland Primary Health Network – resources available to health care professionals providing services in response to the flooding.||www.nqphn.com.au/townsville-floods-recovery-for-health-professionals|
|Sustainable Brisbane – Helping you recover and build back better from flooding (resources and tips)||www.sustainablebrisbane.com.au/flood-recovery|
|Healthy North Coast – Disaster Management Information for North Coast communities||hnc.org.au/disaster-management/community-members|
|Healthy North Coast – Flood Recovery Grants Program||hnc.org.au/community-wellbeing-and-resilience-flood-recovery-grants-program|
|Healthy North Coast – Bushfire Recovery Community Grants||hnc.org.au/community-grants|
In the wake of a disaster, it may be helpful to consider the use of a locum service to ease your workload and prioritise your own wellbeing. We have included some pharmacy locum details below, as well as the details of some rural assistance programs and some places where you can look for business support.
|Pharmacy Emergency Locum Service (ELS)|
ELS is operated by Raven’s Recruitment. You can call for free on 1800 991 541 24/7 or email on email@example.com.
|Rural Locum Assistance Program (Rural LAP) |
Rural LAP can provide locums for up to 14 days through a government program designed to ensure that regional health professionals (including pharmacists) can take leave.
|Pharmacy Programs Administrator (PPA) Rural Support Programs|
Ongoing support programs for rural pharmacists including allowances
|Rural Pharmacy Support Network|
Networking and support for rural pharmacists, interns, and students
|Rural Financial Counselling|
There is some information available here about rural financial counselling and regional small business support programs.
Mental health and wellbeing support for remote and isolated healthcare workers in Australia
You can call for free on 1800 805 391 24/7 for confidential support.
|The Pharmacy Guild of Australia|
The Pharmacy Guild are lending their support to any of their members who have been impacted. Call 13 Guild (13 484 53) for assistance.
|NewAccess for Small Business Owners|
NewAccess is a free and confidential mental health coaching program for small business owners. NewAccess for Small Business Owners is available nationally by phone or video call. Call 1300 945 301 or enquire on their website.
|Phoenix Australia: Australian Bushfires|
Phoenix have developed a range of resources to support healthcare workers, first responders and community members after the bushfires.
|Phoenix Australia: Bushfire Recovery Projects |
A funded training that is free for eligible frontline workers, emergency services personnel, general practice staff and healthcare workers who supported the 19/20 bushfires.
|Australian Psychological Society: Recovering from bushfires|
Recovery after a bushfire from a psychological perspective.
|Australian Association for Bush Adventure Therapy: Bushfire Recovery Resources |
Various resources and articles are listed here.
|VicEmergency: Recovering from a bushfire|
General information about bushfire recovery, from practical tips to mental health support. Some of the resources are based in Victoria.
|SANE Australia: Life after bushfires |
SANE provides several resources such as videos from other survivors, discussion forums, fact sheets and links to counselling.
|SANE Australia: Finding a way through your own bushfire recovery|
Read this article about recovering from disaster. SANE has several blogs on this topic that may be helpful.
|SANE Australia: The mental health impacts of Australia’s bushfire crisis|
Information about the services offered by SANE Australia.
|AAIMH: Resources for Families Affected by Fires|
Some resources for if you have been through a bushfire with young children and would like to support them emotionally and facilitate discussion.
|Phoenix Australia: Floods and cyclones mental health resources|
Phoenix have developed a range of resources to support those impacted by flooding and other extreme weather events.
|RAMHP: Flood Support|
The Rural Adversity Mental Health Program has provided a list of links to help services and appropriate mental health support.
|Australian Disaster Resilience Knowledge Hub: Flood recovery resources|
A collection of resiliency and recovery resources.
|National Recovery and Resiliency Agency: Drought Support|
This government agency has provided details about support programs for those impacted by drought.
|Australian Red Cross: Drought Resilience Program|
The Red Cross has developed the drought resilience program for those living with the long-term impacts of drought and focuses on wellbeing. This link also leads to some other resources, including webinars and podcasts on this topic.
|RAMHP: Drought Support|
The RAMHP has provided a list of resources and help services for those affected by drought or living in drought-affected communities.
While it can help to take a break from social media and reading about severe weather and natural disasters, there are some resources here to help you if this is something that affects you.
|Climate Council: Dealing with climate anxiety: tips, tools and resources||www.climatecouncil.org.au/dealing-climate-anxiety-tips-tools-resources/|
|Australian Red Cross: Coping with climate anxiety||www.redcross.org.au/stories/climate-change/coping-with-climate-anxiety/|
|ReachOut: How to cope with anxiety about climate change||au.reachout.com/articles/how-to-cope-with-anxiety-about-climate-change|
|Headspace.com: How to deal with climate anxiety||www.headspace.com/stress/climate-anxiety|
|Headspace.org: supporting your young person experiencing anxiety about climate change||headspace.org.au/explore-topics/supporting-a-young-person/anxiety-about-climate-change/|
|Australian Psychological Society: Climate change|
APS has provided resources and fact sheets on the topic for you to browse through.
|Black Dog Institute: The implications of climate change on mental health||www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/news/the-implications-of-climate-change-on-mental-health/|
|SANE Australia: Coping with distressing news events||www.sane.org/information-stories/the-sane-blog/wellbeing/coping-with-shocking-news-events|
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic can affect everyone in different ways. We have provided a page of resources to help with mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19. Click here or on the image to visit our COVID-19 Wellbeing page.
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