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After the fires

Supporting the ongoing wellbeing and resilience of Australia’s emergency services following the 2019–20 bushfires

Project summary

Research resources

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.

Identifying factors

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

Survey report

The full survey report

Survey executive summary

The executive summary of the survey report

Fact sheet

This fact sheet outlines the key findings of the survey report

Qualitative report

The full qualitative report

Qualitative executive summary

The executive summary of the qualitative report


This project is a collaboration between Curtin University and:

Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue

Anxiety, depression, suicide prevention, mental health

Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC

Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC

Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre

Professor Sharon Lawn

Professor Sharon Lawn

Flinders University

Dr Miranda Van Hooff

Dr Miranda Van Hooff

The Road Home, The Hospital Research Foundation

Mr Gerry Bardsley

Mr Gerry Bardsley

Roy Morgan Research