Have you been impacted by the bushfire crisis?
Last update: 23 January 2020
Our thoughts are with everyone affected by Australia’s bushfire crisis, as well as those who are working heroically to protect our communities.
To our members who have been affected: We are here to assist you through this difficult time.
We understand that every situation is different, and our membership team is here to discuss your circumstances and a range of solutions to meet your needs. Those may include:
I want to talk about my options
If you’re impacted by fires and want more detail on how AMA Victoria can assist you, please call us directly on (03) 9280 8722.
I want to offer my help
If you are an experienced doctor who is interested in providing support in bushfire affected areas, you can now register your interest here: www.rwav.com.au/firerelief
I am in an affected area and require staff
The Rural Workforce Agency Victoria is also keen to hear from people in areas experiencing staff shortfalls or fatigue as a result of the bushfire situation. As the workforce coordination agency, RWAV will identify available medical practitioners, nurses and allied health and any other staff that best fit with your needs. RWAV will help coordinate placement negotiations, paperwork, credentialing provider numbers and for each placement.
I have been impacted financially and require assistance
AMA Victoria has an affiliated medical benevolent association, which has emergency funds to assist doctors.
Please feel free to contact Diana Cooper on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0476 473 058 should you wish to discuss support measures for you or other doctors who have been affected.
I am suffering from trauma, stress or other health issues
Support for any health issues that you may be experiencing as a result of this crisis is available through:
- AMA Victoria's Peer Support Service: 1300 853 338
- The Victorian Doctors’ Health Program: (03) 9280 8712
The Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for coordinating social recovery support for impacted Victorians. Social recovery planning complements broader recovery efforts relating to the economic, built and natural environments.
- Bushfire Recovery fact sheet: an overview of the recovery plan
- Social recovery update: a detailed document outlining the social recovery plan
Victorian Bushfires Case Support Program
On 12 January The Victorian Government announced the establishment of case support program. A $14.4 million investment in the Victorian Bushfires Case Support Program is available in Gippsland and North East Victoria and statewide to assist the displaced.