Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: The 2019-2020 bushfires and COVID-19: The ongoing impact on the mental health of people living in rural and farming communities
Contributor(s): Usher, Kim  (author)orcid ; Ranmuthugala, Geetha  (author)orcid ; Maple, Myfanwy  (author)orcid ; Durkin, Joanne  (author)orcid ; Douglas, Lesley  (author)orcid ; Coffey, Yumiko (author); Bhullar, Navjot  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2021-02
Early Online Version: 2020-09-16
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1111/inm.12798
Handle Link:
Abstract: It is well established that bushfires and other natural disasters have long‐term effects on the mental health of affected individuals and communities (Black Dog Institute, 2020). These effects can last for years as demonstrated following the 2009 Black Saturday fires in Victoria, Australia: one fifth (21.9%) of the highest impacted communities reported mental health symptoms at the five‐year follow‐up (Gibbs et al. 2013). The recent 2019–2020 catastrophic bushfires in Australia was nothing like we have experienced before (Morton 2019), resulting in unprecedented devastation across much of the country with current estimates suggesting 14.5 million acres have been affected (White & Gilbert 2020) and numerous lives, houses, and livelihoods impacted. The 2019–2020 bushfires in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, and Tasmania caused much loss of life and property, environmental destruction, and community disturbance (Flanagan 2020), leaving an estimated one third of Australians now affected by the bushfires (Morton 2020). The last month of summer in the Northern Hemisphere has resulted in bushfires affecting and almost destroying small towns in the USA (Newburger, 2020). With predictions that globally, temperatures will continue to increase with more frequent heatwaves and less rainfall (CSIRO 2018), bushfires are likely to be a more frequent event, and the consequences of them being more widespread.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 30(1), p. 3-5
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1447-0349
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 111714 Mental Health
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
111706 Epidemiology
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 420313 Mental health services
420399 Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
420299 Epidemiology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920410 Mental Health
920405 Environmental Health
920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200409 Mental health
200499 Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: C4 Letter of Note
Appears in Collections:Journal Article
School of Health
School of Psychology
School of Rural Medicine

Files in This Item:
1 files
File SizeFormat 
Show full item record


checked on Mar 16, 2024

Page view(s)

checked on Mar 8, 2023


checked on Mar 8, 2023
Google Media

Google ScholarTM



Items in Research UNE are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.