After the Fires investigated the impacts of the Black Summer bushfires on emergency services personnel, address key gaps in knowledge about how to foster resilience and coping, and investigate how to deliver effective support for mental health and wellbeing to Australian bushfire first responders.
Booklet for emergency services, personnel and agencies
This booklet provides compact summary of the key findings and implications of the impacts of the Black Summer bushfires on emergency services personnel.
This booklet presents results from qualitative interviews and focus groups.
Find out more about our research resources.
Measuring mental health and wellbeing
Find out how we measure mental health and wellbeing.
Supplementing our survey data
Find out how we supplement our survey data.
The reference group
Find out about the role our of reference group.
Quantifying the short- and long-term impacts
Quantify the short- and long-term impacts of the 2019–20 bushfire events on the wellbeing and resilience of first responders.
Assessing first responders’ needs
Assess first responders’ need for support and use of support services.
Identify factors associated with resilience and effective coping.
Determining the best strategies
Determine the best strategies to build resilience and protect mental wellbeing.
Study results – Wave 1
The impacts of the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires on the wellbeing of emergency services personnel
The full survey report
Survey executive summary
The executive summary of the survey report
This fact sheet outlines the key findings of the survey report
The full qualitative report
Qualitative executive summary
The executive summary of the qualitative report
More details for prospective participants can be found in these documents:
This project is a collaboration between Curtin University and:
Anxiety, depression, suicide prevention, mental health
Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC
Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre
Professor Sharon Lawn
Dr Miranda Van Hooff
The Road Home, The Hospital Research Foundation
Mr Gerry Bardsley
Roy Morgan Research