Bushfire affected communities in rural Victoria have been particularly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, due to significant travel restrictions occurring a mere few months after the devastating 2019-20 summer bushfires.
Many health professionals working in rural and regional bushfire affected communities have experienced, or are at risk, of burnout.
Trevor Carr, RWAV CEO, and Lauren Cordwell, General Manager Strategy and Stakeholder Engagement recently met with Lee Miezis, CEO of Bushfire Recovery Victoria, to discuss opportunities to support short-term and long-term recovery processes for affected communities.
The discussion highlighted the importance of understanding pressing community needs and planning ahead to manage health workforce demand surges for future crises.
RWAV looks forward to collaborating further with Bushfire Recovery Victoria, to ensure the hardships experienced by fire affected communities are not left forgotten.