Disaster assistance has been extended to help cover the costs of fighting the fires in the Gold Coast, Lockyer Valley and Toowoomba regions. Personal Hardship Assistance is also available for fire-impacted residents in the Bundaberg region.
Families and communities in Queensland’s 33 full drought-declared and 4 partial drought-declared zones are eligible to apply for grants to alleviate hardship and cost of living pressures for those impacted by drought, as well as to support a range of events and activities that contribute to community solidarity and access to support services. Applications close Friday, 13th December.
Emerging Minds has produced a Community Trauma Toolkit that offers guidance on supporting children and families during and following a disaster or traumatic event. The toolkit navigates how these traumas can have extensive impacts, and how colleagues, educators, community members and service providers can help to lessen these impacts. Queensland Transcultural Mental Health Centre have released brochures specifically around disaster recovery and mental health for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, available in up to 11 languages other than English.
PeakCare continues to extend our thoughts and well wishes to those who have been impacted, and our gratitude to the brave emergency services personnel involved.