Advances in Mental Health, Vol 11, No 3 (2013)

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A Systematic Approach to Building the Mental Health Response Capacity of Practitioners in a Postdisaster Context

Lennart Reifels, Bridget Bassilios, David Forbes, Mark Creamer, Darryl Wade, Sally Coates, Malcolm Hopwood, Jane Elizabeth Pirkis

Abstract


This paper presents the results of a summative evaluation of the training component of the Australian Government Mental Health Response to the 2009 bushfires in Victoria, Australia. With very little evidence available to date on comprehensive attempts at implementing multilevel training frameworks in the wake of natural disasters, the evaluation provides valuable insights into an effort that sought to build the capacity of practitioners to respond to the psychosocial and mental health consequences of a significant bushfire disaster at various levels of the response system. Key findings of the evaluation are discussed with regards to their relevance for the training of mental health practitioners in a broader range of disaster circumstances.






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