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Experiences of bushfire and effects on women’s mental health


Bushfires regularly occur on a large scale in Australia which can cause significant adverse impacts on the physical and mental health of people living in affected areas. The current literature on mental health related to bushfires is limited. This proposed study will use longitudinal data from the 1973-78 Cohort to investigate the associations between pre-disaster socio-demographic and mental health characteristics and the experiences and mental health consequences of bushfires. It aims to identify the characteristics of the most vulnerable groups to the psychological impacts of natural disasters to inform policies and programs.