Recovery after bushfire for you and others—the immediate coming days

A key to recovery is to remain as healthy as you can and recognising that experiencing stress in traumatic situations is normal.

Quick tips to help right now.

Self Care

A key to recovery is to remain as healthy as you

  • Remember to take any prescribed medications
  • Stay connected to other people is critical to recovery—talk/listen
  • Take a moment to recharge—walk away, stop, breath, take a rest
  • Avoid unnecessary exposure to further distressing images


  • Food—eat healthy food where possible, limit high sugar/fat/salt
  • Water— keep well hydrated with clean/uncontaminated drinking water
  • Sleep—make sleep a priority
  • Minimise alcohol consumption
  • Be careful not to overheat—avoid working in the heat of the day

Signs of distress in yourself and others

  • Inability to focus
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty in making decisions
  • Withdrawing from contact with people
  • Physical symptoms: nausea, headache, muscle aches, skin rashes, insomnia


In the immediate coming days practical support is often the most helpful

  • In a crisis proactively seek urgent support for yourself and others (see contact numbers)
  • If you’ve had a near death experience or experienced significant trauma seek support.
  • Children—are there family/friends who can help?
  • Livestock and pets—do they have water, food, fodder?
  • Stock welfare—do you need veterinary advice?
  • Ask for what you need—it’s okay to receive food and help—just as you want to help others, others want to help you.

Support contacts

Beyond Blue1300 224 636
Lifeline13 11 44
Mental Health Services1800 808 284
Mensline1300 789 978
Kids Helpline1800 551 800
Nurse on Call1300 606 024
Rural Financial Counselling Service1800 686 175
Animal Welfare Assessments, Agriculture Victoria1800 226 226
Australian Government Disaster AssistanceDisaster Assist
Fodder Assistance, Victorian Farmers Federation1300 882 833 or Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF)
Emergency Livestock Water Contact your local council
Page last updated: 04 Mar 2024