Australian Association for Bush Adventure Therapy

Bushfire Recovery Resources 

This document was produced as a result of the Bushfire recovery wellbeing webinar run earlier this year.

Mental health support services

Immediate recovery resources






AABAT Community Resources

The AABAT state representatives may also be able to help you find additional resources that are local to your region.

Other shared resources

Type of resourceDescriptionLink
ArticleABC RN Life Matters show 29/1/20, with a focus on children:’s-bushfires/11906806 
ArticleArticle on adaptation 
ArticleArticle on climate change attitudes 
ArticleArticle on recovery 
ArticleWaves of Wellness recovery article 
Person Dr Susie Burke (Environmental Psychologist)

Active 8 Model and the 7 dragons of inaction.
See APA Handbook for models
Personal resourceNick Hall’s personal experience with the Dunalley 2013 fires.
Practical Fundraising and connection program called Adventure Aid (started in the Blue Mountains) 
PracticalAustralian Conservation Volunteers recovery – offer or request recovery help 
PracticalCassie Leatham is an Wurundjeri woman who has a website and teaches about bush tucka and healing plants, healing country and healing people 
PracticalCitizen science project for bushfire recovery through UNSW
PracticalCommunity Fireguard CFA program 
PracticalForest Bathing for meditation and reconnection
PracticalHealthy Country, Health People: AABAT National Forum, Tasmania (1st-3rd May 2020) 
PracticalLorinda Wood workshop at Lismore Women’s Festival (7th March)Contact Lorinda for a flyer: [email protected] 
PracticalOutdoor Healthcare Nature & Health Symposium, Tasmania (29th & 30th April 2020) 
PracticalParks Vic bushfire recovery volunteering – offer recovery help 
PracticalSkilled volunteers 
PracticalSmiling Mind

Free mindfulness tool that has specific sessions for adults, young people, families, work etc. Great for supporting co-regulation, being present and beginning reflection. Web and app based 
PracticalStormbirds program – gives kids tools to creatively express their emotions after a bushfire experience. It has a parent component integrated at the final session. 
PublicationAPS Climate Change empowerment handbook 
PublicationJackie French – picture books for children around bushfire and other natural disasters 
PublicationPlace based, community led- Report on learnings from Black Saturday Led_Specific-Disaster-Preparedness-and-Generalisable-Community-Resilience.pdf 
Social mediaFacebook group “Hope 2020 – One small thing” – a really positive FB group. Non-political (no political posts) – it’s a group of people sharing personal steps they’re taking – actions for a better world. A breathe of fresh air. 
WebsiteHow to support others to heal from trauma 
WebsiteEmerging Minds – Resources for those working with mental health of young people